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Service Alert

Due to a contract conflict between two software vendors, our DC Public Library app is currently experiencing functionality limitations, particularly with the "Search the catalog" and "Popular Titles" features located at the top. The vendors are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. The library's catalog can still be accessed via our website both on mobile and on desktop, for your convenience.

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Our staff are here to help navigate the archive. Appointments are encouraged so we can prepare for your visit, but you can also walk-in during our open hours.

Because some of our materials are rare or fragile, we have special guidelines. No materials can be checked out. Visitors must place all belongings, except electronic devices, pencils, and paper, in a locker. No food or drink is permitted.

The People’s Archive staff can help by phone or email, but in-depth research often requires an onsite visit. 

Research Guides

Learn more about conducting research at The People's Archive by viewing the video and our research guides.


See a few of our research guides listed below. 


Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogy 101

DC Neighborhood History Guides

Audiences: All Ages
Type: Research