Giamatti Research Center

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

The library can be used in person (appointments preferred but drop-in visitors are accommodated as time allows), via email, telephone, or correspondence.

About the Collection

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The collections include books (reference books, non-fiction, instructional, 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 documents related to the game of baseball. The library collection contains 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 many baseball officials, owners, broadcasters, umpires, cultural figures and personalities. Additional files cover subject matter related to the game and its relationship to many aspects of American and world culture, i.e. 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 for as long as possible, so that they may be enjoyed by many future generations of scholars and fans.

Donation of collections and individual items to the library collections is encouraged, and an accessions committee meets frequently to assess proposed donations of materials. Such donations may be tax-deductible.

Finding Aids

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A Finding Aid is a document containing detailed information about a specific collection of papers or records within an archive. They are used by researchers to determine whether information within a collection is relevant to their area of interest.

The content of a finding aid may differ depending on the type of material it is describing. Usually, a finding aid includes a description of the scope of the collection, biographical and historical information related to the collection, and restrictions on use of or access to the materials.

The ABNER online library catalog is your guide to the holdings of the Hall's library, the best starting point for research.

Library Hours

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The library is open Monday through Friday, 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, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library (and the Hall of Fame itself) is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The library is also closed on most business holidays, including Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran’s Day. The library is also closed during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Scheduling an appointment before visiting is highly encouraged due to holidays, conferences, staff meetings, and other factors which may affect our service hours.

Contact Us

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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.