During the renovations of the Ferguson Mansion, part of the overall expansion of the Filson Historical Society, the Filson’s Library staff has moved to the first floor and set up shop temporarily in the mansion’s original library and dining room. The books from the second floor reading room have been moved to the “Closed Stacks”, our onsite storage rooms. In order to fit the most used items in the closed stacks, we had to take some things to off-site storage. Those items include part of the periodicals collection (O-Z titles), the historical files, and the microfilm/microfiche collection. They will not be available until the renovations are complete. All of the other materials are still available to researchers, including the family files, which are now housed in the dining room.
To use the new library, patrons are asked to fill out our registration form and start their search for materials on our PAC, the online catalog. For convenience, two PAC computers are set up for patrons to use. Call numbers for the books selected are written on the form and our library staff fetch the books from the Stacks. There is no limit on the number of items patrons are allowed to view; however, all rare items must be viewed in the 3rd floor Special Collections Reading Room.
The Library’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Saturday hours are cancelled until December, depending on construction schedules. All of our regular research services are still available.