Plan Your Research Visit

Research Room Hours

The research room is closed or will close early on the days listed below for the 2019 Holiday Season. Normal hours will resume the following business day.

Monday, November 11

Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 27, 12 p.m.

Research Room will close early for Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 28

Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, December 24, 12 p.m.

Research Room will close early for Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 31, 12 p.m.

Research Room will close early for New Year's Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year’s Day

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon & 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays

Research Tips

  • You are encouraged to contact the Library via email or telephone (214-346-1557) before making a research visit, so staff are better prepared to assist you.
  • Researchers do not need to purchase an admission ticket unless visiting the Museum.
  • Enter through the Museum entrance and report to the Admissions Desk. A clerk will notify an archivist who will help you begin your research.
  • Anyone can use the Research Room; you do not need to be a U.S. citizen, or present credentials or a letter of recommendation.
  • Review the regulations for using the National Archives.
  • You must be at least 14 years old to do research, unless you receive special permission or are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • New researchers will be issued a researcher identification card. You must have a valid photo ID to obtain a researcher ID card.
  • New researchers are required to view an orientation presentation before working with any records. 
  • Use the Finding Aids to view open records currently available for research.

Copy Fees
     Only checks and credit cards accepted.

  • Self-Service Photocopies (standard size) - 25¢ per page
  • Self-Service Photocopies (oversize) - 50¢ per page
  • Photocopy orders completed by NARA Staff - 80¢ per page
  • CD of images from digital camera - $5 per CD

Citation Guidelines

Follow these guidelines for citations for records retrieved from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Security Check

President George W. Bush ran with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge of Eugene, Oregon, on the South Lawn, June 27, 2006. President Bush met Sgt. Bagge at Brooke Army Medical Center January 1, 2006, where he promised to run with Sgt. Bagge after the soldier's recovery.

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P062706ED-0139)

The Library and Museum is a Federal agency; therefore, weapons are not allowed in the building. Upon entry, all visitors must pass through a security check with a metal detector. All weapons, including guns, knife blades that exceed 2 1/2 inches in length, multipurpose tools, and stun-guns, will be confiscated and not returned.

All bags are X-rayed, and potentially, searched by security staff. Inform the security staff that you are conducting research so your bag may be stowed in a locker in the Researcher Orientation Room. To enter the Research Room, all bags must be stowed in a locker.


Archives Staff
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-346-1557   Fax: 214-346-1558

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