Reagan Library Closure

We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at reagan.library@nara.gov. Please check our website, reaganlibrary.gov or www.archives.gov/coronavirus  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus


 

Research Room

Hours

The research room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday but is closed on weekends and all federal holidays. If you arrive before 10 a.m. to conduct research please go through the doors labeled RESEARCH to the left of the main entrance. 

Fees

There is no fee to conduct research, there are charges for self-service photocopying and to have audiovisual materials reproduced. Self-service photocopying fee is $0.25 cents per page.  

Appointments

You are not required to make an appointment or reservation to use the research room. However, we highly recommend that you contact us prior to your first visit so we can confirm material for your specific topic is available. Please contact us at reagan.library@nara.gov.

Researching at the Reagan Library

  • Upon arrival your bags will be inspected by security and you will be issued a locker key for your belongings.
    • For your first visit you will have a brief orientation wherein you complete a researcher application (please have photo ID ready) and you will be issued a researcher card. You will also meet with an archivist who will demonstrate proper document handling, overview the rules of the research room, and assist in finding documents and collections relevant to your research.
  • Electronic items allowed in the research room include phones, cameras, tablets, laptops, and flat-bed scanners. Photography is allowed with flash disabled. If you have a question about equipment you want to bring into the research room please contact us at reagan.library@nara.gov.
  • Lockers are provided for researchers free of charge.
  • A computer is available in the research room for public access.
  • Wifi is available in the research room.
  • Prohibited Items in the research room: 
    • Food and drink including tobacco of any form
    • Pens
    • Top-feeding document scanners
    • Notebooks or folders - all note paper must be unbound
    • Cases for laptops or tablets