Location, Hours, and What to Bring

The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to announce that the GHS Research Center in Savannah is now open. The Research Center hours of operation are Wednesday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you to our new state-of-the-art facility.

More information on the Research Center’s 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 to research the collection. A daily research fee of $5.00 is waived for members of the Georgia Historical Society. A variety of membership options are available.


Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

First and third Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please note, the Research Center will be closed on Friday, March 17, 2023, Saturday, March 18, 2023, and Friday, April 21, 2023.

When planning your visit, please check the Research Center calendar for holiday or special event closings.

If you wish to access archival material or rare books, research appointments are strongly recommended.  Please note that appointments are per person at a maximum of four researchers per day. Notify reference staff if you plan on bringing an additional researcher for your appointment. To make an appointment, email the library at library@georgiahistory.com or telephone at 912-651-2128.

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.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Pencils (only)
  • Paper
  • Laptop
  • Digital camera or cell phone for image reproductions, but you must adhere to the Digital Camera Policy and pay the additional $12 daily fee.

What not to bring:

  • Pens and highlighters
  • Food and beverages
  • Scanners
  • Pets
  • Guns or weapons

Personal items that must be stored in free patron lockers include (but are not limited to):

  • Backpacks, purses, and bags
  • Briefcases and laptop cases
  • Outerwear (such as raincoats and overcoats)

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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