The Research Library of the St. Augustine Historical Society specializes in local history, Florida colonial history and genealogy. The collection includes maps, photographs, vertical subject files, church records, circuit court cases, city government records, manuscript collections, circuit court records, and biographical files. For a comprehensive overview please see the Research Library Collections page.
The online catalog Emily indexes the book collection, manuscript finding aids, the map and photographic collections, El Escribano: The St. Augustine Journal of History and the Society’s newsletter the East Florida Gazette. Emily is constantly being updated so please check back to see what’s been added.
To access our online catalog, click here.
The Research Library is a specialized, closed-stack library, with the exception of a small reference collection in the main reading room; the librarians will retrieve what you need.
There is no charge to use the library but there are charges for photocopies and reproductions.
The use of camera phones, cameras, and scanners is not allowed in the library.
The main reading room is located on the second floor of the building. The library has a first floor reading room for those who are mobility challenged.
The library collects all things related to St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Do you have something you would like to donate? Please contact the Chief Librarian.
The library has a dedicated group of volunteers who assist the staff in making the collections available to our patrons. If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteers, check out the volunteer page to see a list of projects and an application form.
Hours: Tuesdays through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Research Library is closed on Thanksgiving Day, and the day after. We also have shortened hours on Christmas Eve, and are closed Christmas Day.
Parking: The Research Library does not provide parking, but there are a number of metered spaces and parking lots nearby
Location: The Research Library is located at 6 Artillery Lane at the corner of Aviles Street and Artillery Lane—one block south of the main downtown plaza. Our reading room is located on the second floor. Patrons unable to climb stairs should call ahead.