Giamatti Research Center
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.
Scheduling an appointment before visiting is highly encouraged. We prefer at least two weeks advance notice for anyone wishing to gain access to the collection. This will allow our staff to identify and pull material to meet your research needs and to notify you of closures or other factors that affect our service hours.
Our hours of operation are:
|March through Oct.||Mon. through Fri.|
|9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Nov. through Feb.||Wed. through Fri.|
|9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
The Giamatti Research Center is closed on most holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. It is also closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Researchers are encouraged to conduct a thorough review of ABNER, our online library catalog, prior to your visit. ABNER offers the opportunity to search our library collection by author, title, subject, and keyword.
Finding Aids have been created for many of our archival collections.
These documents contain 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.
If you have scheduled an appointment with our research staff, please provide us with a list of your desired resources. We can pull as much material as possible and have it ready upon your arrival so you may maximize your research time. Our staff will also be able to inform you if materials are unavailable or if any restrictions on use exist.
If you can’t make it to Cooperstown for a research visit, library services include a variety of fee-based activities, including photocopying, scanning, and research assistance. Inquiries regarding these services should be directed to the Giamatti Research Center.
Donation of collections and individual items to the library are encouraged, and a Library Acquisitions Committee meets frequently to assess proposals. Inquiries regarding the donation of library-related material may be directed to the Giamatti Research Center.
We accept research inquiries via the following methods:
|Mail:||National Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Giamatti Research Center|
|25 Main Street|
|Cooperstown, NY 13326|
|Phone||607-547-0330 or 0335|
Inquiries are answered in the order they arrive. We try to respond as soon as possible, but please keep in mind that some inquiries may require more time to answer than others.