About the Church History Library

    “Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.”
    -Doctrine and Covenants 21:1

    The current Church History Library building was completed in 2009. It is a state-of-the-art facility designed to house the records of the Church in a way that will preserve them for future generations for hundreds of years to come. The library provides archival storage and public access for materials that chronicle the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1830 to the present day. It has 10 main storage rooms that are kept at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, with 35 percent relative humidity. Two special rooms are kept at -4 degrees Fahrenheit for color motion picture films, photographs, and records of special significance.

    • 375,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers
    • 150,000 collections of original, unpublished records (journals, diaries, correspondence, minutes, etc.)
    • 4.6 million patriarchal blessings for Church members
    • 15,000 photograph collections
    • 70,000 audiovisual items


    The Church History Library collects materials by or about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. These materials come from many different sources and represent numerous points of view. Users of the catalog should not assume that the Church or the library endorses every item in the collection. The collection consists of manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, patriarchal blessings, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microform, and audiovisual materials. The collection continues to grow annually and is a prime resource for the study of Church history.

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