Giamatti Research Center

The Baseball Hall of Fame can help you with your research.

Welcome to the library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the foremost repository of baseball information in the world. Founded in 1939, the library is a specialized research facility whose collections and services are available to the public, subject to policies for access and use.

Your Research

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Researchers are allowed access to the collection via the Giamatti Research Center. Appointments are preferred, but drop-in visitors may be accommodated as resources allow. We also accept inquires via US mail, telephone, email and via fax. A full list of contact information is shown below.

The Giamatti Research Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the months of March through October. From November through February, the Library is open Wednesday through Friday only, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day and on most business holidays (including Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day). The Library is also closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Scheduling an appointment before visiting is highly encouraged. We prefer at least two weeks advance notice for anyone wishing to gain access to the Library collection. This will allow our staff to identify and pull material to meet your research needs and to notify you of holidays, conferences, staff meetings, and other factors that affect our service hours.

Research inquiries may be directed to the Giamatti Research Center as follows:

Email: research@baseballhall.org
Telephone: 607-547-0330 or 0335
US Mail: National Baseball Hall of Fame
Giamatti Reseach Center
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Library services include a variety of fee-based activities, including photocopying and research assistance. Inquiries regarding these services should be directed to the Giamatti Research Center.

Researchers are encouraged to conduct a thorough review of ABNER, our online library catalog, prior to making an appointment. ABNER offers the opportunity to search our Library collection by author, title, subject and keyword.

Findings Aids have been created for a number of the archive collections. These documents provide detailed information on the contents of larger collections.

The collections include books (reference books, non-fiction, biographies, team histories, fiction and poetry, children’s literature and more), periodicals, archival collections, photographs, audiovisual material, scrapbooks, statistical compendia and databases, team publications, programs and scorecards, and other documents related to the game of baseball. The Library holds biographical files on each of the more than 17,000 major league players to appear in at least one game since 1871, as well as most Negro league and “women’s league” (AAGPBL) players. There are also files on baseball officials, owners, broadcasters, umpires, and others. Additional files cover subject matter concerning the game and its relationship to many aspects of American and world culture (including baseball and the law, race and gender history, geography, economics, linguistics, politics, medicine, etc.). The predominant focus is on Major League Baseball, but the collection includes materials on all levels of the game.

Original documents, photographs, and recordings are stored under state-of-the-art archival conditions designed to perpetuate the life of the collections. In accordance with contemporary standards on the handling of artifacts, our staff may impose certain restrictions on the use of material by researchers.

Donation of collections and individual items to the Library are encouraged, and a Library Acquisitions Committee meets frequently to assess proposals. Inquires regarding the donation of library-related material may be directed to the Giamatti Research Center using the contact information provided above.

The research center was named in honor of A. Bartlett Giamatti, the former commissioner of baseball, who was a great supporter of the Hall of Fame Library and research center.

Learn more about A. Bartlett Giamatti at Baseball-Reference.com.

About the Collection

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The National Baseball Library was founded at the Museum in 1939, but the Library building opened in 1968.