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Church History

Library

Introduction to the Library

Our Facility

The current Church History Library building was completed in 2009. It is a state-of-the-art facility designed to house the records of the Church in a way that will preserve them for future generations for hundreds of years to come. The library provides archival storage and public access for materials that chronicle the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1830 to the present day. It has 10 main storage rooms that are kept at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, with 35 percent relative humidity. Two special rooms are kept at -4 degrees Fahrenheit for color motion picture films, photographs, and records of special significance. The building contains 230,000 square feet on five floors.

A time capsule was placed in the building when construction was completed. The items inside provide a snapshot of the Church at that point in history.

Our Collection

The Church History Library collects materials by or about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. These materials come from many different sources and represent numerous points of view. Users of the catalog should not assume that the Church or the library endorses every item in the collection. The collection consists of manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, patriarchal blessings, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microform, and audiovisual materials. The collection continues to grow annually and is a prime resource for the study of Church history. Our collection contains approximately:

  • 270,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers.
  • 240,000 collections of original, unpublished records (journals, diaries, correspondence, minutes, and so forth).
  • 3.5 million patriarchal blessings for Church members.
  • 13,000 photograph collections.
  • 23,000 audiovisual items.

Our Staff

Our staff is made up of professional librarians, archivists, and historians. They are dedicated to helping Church members and the general public access the records that can make Church history come alive to both the scholar and the family historian.

The Story Lives Here

Since its organization in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has followed the divine mandate to collect “all things which shall be for the good of the church, and for the rising generations that shall grow up on the land” (D&C 69:8). The short video below gives a brief overview of the mission and purpose of the Church History Library.

 

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