Location, Hours, and What to Bring

GHS Research Center Reopening January 19, 2022

The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to announce that the GHS Research Center in Savannah will reopen on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. We are excited to complete this renovation and expansion project and look forward to welcoming you to our new state-of-the-art facility.

If you have any questions please contact Patricia Meagher, Director of Communications, at (912) 651-2125, ext. 153.

More information on the renovation is available at https://georgiahistory.com/renovation/.

The Georgia Historical Society’s Research Center is located in historic Hodgson Hall. Researchers are required to present a valid ID (government-issued photo ID with signature) and to register at the reference desk in order to research the collection.  Prior to visiting, researchers should review and complete the Patron Registration Form. This form must be renewed annually by all researchers.

See here for other Research Center Rules and Regulations.

Note: Research fees may apply to your visit.

What to Bring

To enhance the security of the collections and to ensure that an atmosphere fostering research is maintained in the reading room the Georgia Historical Society has restrictions on the kinds of personal items that can be brought into the reading room.

Free lockers are available to store personal property or any property deemed inappropriate for library use.

Researchers may bring:

  • Personal computers
  • Note paper
  • Pencils
  • Sweater or light jacket for indoor use
  • Research notes
  • Cell phone (ringer off)

Prohibited personal items include (but are not limited to):

  • Pens and highlighters
  • Backpacks, purses, and shopping bags
  • Briefcases
  • Scanners
  • Outerwear (such as raincoats and overcoats)
  • Food/beverages
  • Pets

The Research Center staff must approve any special equipment in advance of bringing it into the reading room. Any personal materials brought to and taken from the reading room may be examined by the staff.

As a courtesy to fellow researchers, cell phone use is not permitted in the reading room. Cell phones may be used in designated areas.


Georgia Historical Society
Research Center
501 Whitaker Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Phone: 912.651.2128
Fax: 912.651.2831

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