The Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the primary archive of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located on the northeast corner of North Temple and Main Street, it is a state-of-the-art facility designed to collect and preserve materials about the Church, its history, and its members.
For years, many of the library’s materials were kept in the Church Office Building’s east wing. Plans to build the current Church History Library were announced in April 2005; four years later, on June 20, 2009, the library was dedicated by then Church President Thomas S. Monson. The entire collection from the Church Office Building was then carefully moved to the newer facility, where it continues to grow.
The Church History Library serves as a preservation site and research center, housing ten main storage rooms with precise atmospheric controls to preserve archival materials. These rooms hold many original items, such as manuscripts, journals, photos, audio/video recordings, and administrative records and histories of the Church from its beginnings up to the present day. It provides public access to many of these collections for individual and academic research, including digitized items that are available for viewing online.
The large Reference Room of the Church History Library has open stacks, computers for patron use, and a reference desk. It also hosts Foundations of Faith, an ongoing library exhibit showcasing priceless foundational records from the Church’s history. Also, like many research libraries, the Church History Library has areas set aside for reading and reviewing library materials in a protected environment, such as our main Reading Room. The library also has presentation rooms and offices for Church History Department employees.
Volunteers are available to help provide access to many of the materials. The library also offers presentations for individuals and groups.