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Who may use the Library's collections?
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library is open to everyone. Research requests can be made by mail, email, or telephone. Research also may be conducted on-site in the Library research room. On-site researchers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult researcher.
What are the research room hours?
The research room is open Monday through Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. It is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m., and is closed on all federal holidays.
How do I prepare for a research visit to the Library?
Researchers planning a visit should notify the Library of their research topic and travel plans as far in advance as possible. Prospective researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library for information about materials available on their topic. Upon arrival at the Library, each researcher will be assigned an archivist who will assist in obtaining relevant holdings. Researchers will also be briefed on research room procedures. It is preferable to arrange an appointment time with the interviewing archivist prior to arrival.
Researcher Application (PDF)
When is the Library open for research?
The research room is open year-round, Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. to noon and 12:45 to 4:45 p.m., with no materials being pulled after 3:30 p.m. The room is closed on all federal holidays.
How do I utilize the finding aids to the Library's manuscript collections?
Learn about utilizing the Library's finding aids by visiting the
Finding Aids FAQ Page
What are the research room procedures?
View procedures for using our research room on our
Research Room Procedures Page
Can I use electronic or recording devices in the research room?
The use of digital cameras, and tripods, is allowed in the research room. Cell phone calls must be placed and received outside the research room and staff areas; usage is allowed in the Library Lobby and outside the building. Document scanners will be approved by the Supervisory Archivist on a case-by-case basis.
How do I request reproductions of photography or audio recording holdings?
The Library has equipment for making electrostatic, and sound recording reproductions of materials in its holdings. Photographic services are available upon request. A current fee schedule for reproduction services is available below. A self-service photocopy machine is available for use by researchers in the research room.
The National Archives sets a standard fee for mail order reproduction services. Please review the reproductions fee schedule below for current fees. Photocopies are sent by regular mail. Advance payment is required for large orders. Alternate shipping arrangements (i.e. FedEx) can be made at the researcher’s expense. When ordering photocopies by mail, researchers should be as specific as possible with regard to their request. The Library staff can neither undertake extensive searches nor segregate items unrelated to a researcher’s topic. The staff will photocopy the entire contents of any folder the researcher cites from a finding aid.
Payment may be made by U.S. postal money order, bank draft, or check, to the Eisenhower Presidential Library. Payment may also be made by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover (Novus). Remittances received from outside the U.S. must be made by international money orders payable in U.S. dollars or by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover (Novus).
View the Fee Schedule (PDF)
How are records opened for research?
The records of the Library must be systematically arranged, preserved, reviewed and described by archivists before they can be made available for use by researchers. Some of the collections opened for research will have information withdrawn from the open files.
What kind of information is restricted?
Learn more about our policy on the
Restricted Information Page
Are travel grants available?
Learn more about travel grants by visiting the Eisenhower Foundation's
Research Information Page
What is the Eisenhower Foundation's "Host Committee?"
Learn more about the Committee on our
Eisenhower Foundation Host Committee Page
Where can I find local lodging and dining options?
For information on lodging and dining in the Abilene area, please visit the
Abilene Convention and Visitor Bureau Website
How do I cite material from the Library?
Visit our page on
Citing Library Materials
What is the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series?
While you are at the Eisenhower Presidential Library conducting research, we invite you to consider taking part in our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. This program provides an informal setting where writers, graduate students, historians and others can talk about their research projects. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. If you are interested, please ask the archivist assisting you to contact the lecture series staff in advance of your visit as schedule space is limited.