The York County Heritage Trust's Library & Archives houses an extensive and varied collection covering a wide range of topics, including genealogy and family history, local history, decorative arts, community organizations and historic sites, arts and entertainment, and military history. In our Reading Room, we offer extensive collections of family genealogies; books on local, state and regional history, with a focus on York County history; York City and County directories; York County high school yearbooks; historical atlases and maps; and local and regional periodicals and newsletters covering a wide range of topics. The York County Heritage Trust Library & Archives is also one of the only repositories in Pennsylvania that offers the two major York newspapers and their predecessors on microfilm. For more information about the York County Heritage Trust's holdings, please see our list of the Library & Archives Resources
All library users, whether members or not, also have access to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com on the computers available in the Reading Room. The Library Edition of Ancestry.com is a subscription website available only to libraries that provides access to approximately 10 billion genealogical records, including the U.S. Federal Census images and indexes.
We annually host visitors from all 50 states across the country, as well as several other countries. Visitors receive assistance in using the collection from well-trained staff and volunteers. Because archives house primarily rare and one-of-a-kind materials, using archival collections can be very different from using other libraries. First time visitors are strongly encouraged to review our Library Rules and Policies
. Your gracious cooperation with these policies will help us protect our collections for many, many generations to come.
Patrons are encouraged to visit and make use of the Library & Archives' resources in genealogy, local history and other historical topics. No appointment is needed to use the Library. The Library & Archives is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. We are closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Library & Archives is included in your York County Heritage Trust membership
. The cost to use the Library for non-members is $8 per day. York County K-12, York College of Pennsylvania, and Penn State York students conducting school-related research can use the Library & Archives for free with a valid student ID.
For individuals living over 100 miles from York, PA, the Trust offers a limited number of research by mail services. All research services utilize the holdings of the York County Heritage Trust Library & Archives. Click here
to learn more about the available research by mail services.
The Library & Archives collection benefits from the proceeds of the Trust's annual Book Blast