The Society's Research Library is unique in New York City. It houses an extensive collection of historical information on The Bronx, including books, reports, pamphlets, microfilms, etc. Located in the head-quarters of The Society across the street from the Valentine-Varian House, the library is intimate and accessible. It is a major resource center for high school and college students, journalists, business and government researchers and scholars who have a professional need–or curiosity–to learn more about The Bronx.

In 1974, The Society’s collection of historical material grew considerably when The Society assumed responsibility for nearly a million items which were then established as The Bronx County Archives. The archives contain original documents, manuscripts, books, maps and city directories going back to pre-Civil War days, covering not only Bronx history but also the history of New York City and Westchester County. A new building is being readied for The Bronx County Archives next door to the Research Library building.The Research Library and Archives also boast an enormous collection of 19th and early 20th century photographs, prints and postcards of The Bronx. There is also an important collection of periodical literature and publications, beginning with the first issue of The Bronx Home News from 1907. Finally, there is a special collection of material on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe.

One advantage The Society’s library offers researchers is direct access to the collection. They can look through historic personal papers, listen to tapes in the oral history archives, view videos or study the old photographs. The library has an easy to use cross indexed card file, full-time librarians and a quiet, personal atmosphere.


If you have a question on The Bronx, join The Bronx County Historical Society. Of course, keep in mind not all research produces answers- sometimes only more questions.

General research work at the library is $10 per person, per day.
Students and BCHS members are free.

For other research inquires there is an hourly rate of $40, with a 5 hour minimum, plus postage and expenses such as photocopies, photographs, etc = $200

All research is payable in advance by check, Paypal, or credit card.

For Appointment, call (718) 881-8900

Click here to make an online reservation

Research Library Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM-5PM by appointment only
Admission: $10 per person, per day. Students and BCHS members are free.

Bronx County Archives Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM by appointment only
Admission: $10 per person, per day. Students and BCHS members are free.

 Both facilities are wheelchair accessible. Click here for more information.

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