Location, Hours, and What to Bring

GHS Research Center Temporarily Closing for Renovation and Expansion

The Georgia Historical Society Research Center in Savannah will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Thanksgiving 2018. The Research Center will reopen in the fall of 2020 following a much-needed renovation and expansion.

Research and image request services will also be unavailable during this time. On-line resources will continue to be available on the GHS website. The administrative offices located in the Jepson House Education Center will continue to operate on a normal schedule throughout the closure. GHS educational programming and the annual Georgia History Festival will not be affected.

If you have any questions please contact Patricia Meagher, Director of Communications, at (912) 651-2125, ext. 122.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming our members and patrons to the newly-renovated Research Center in 2020!

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 and is open Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays of the month  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before visiting during holiday seasons or special events, researchers are encouraged to check the online calendar for closings. 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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