Admission Rates
Members   Free
Multnomah County Residents Free
*requires proof of residency  
Adults   $11.00
Students (over 18 years)   $9.00
Seniors (over 60 years)   $9.00
Youth (6 - 18 years)   $5.00
Children (5 years and under)  Free

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Hours for the Research Library


Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Research Library is supported in part by gifts from the Barbara Ann Davies Trust.

OHS Library Surplus Book Sale

Saturday, May 17, 10 AM – 4 PM

Early Access for Members Only 8 AM – 10 AM

Regular OHS Admission Prices Apply


The Davies Family Research Library invites you to its spring surplus book sale on Saturday, May 17. The sale will feature books, maps, newspapers, photographs, and more, all that are either duplicates of existing OHS holdings or are out of scope for our library collections. No permanent OHS holdings are being sold. Prices for most books will range from $1-$5, but a number of out-of-print or rare items will be offered a higher ranges. Most works relate to the history of Oregon and the American West, but a wide range of other subjects are also included. The OHS Museum Store will also have a wide selection of surplus books on sale for only $1!


This year we will have an early opening for OHS members only, from 8 AM – 10 AM. Not a member? Get early access to the biggest sale of the year by joining today!

Friends of the Library Fund

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to announce an opportunity for members and friends to support the Research Library during these difficult times.  A “Friends of the Library Fund” has been established, allowing patrons to make gifts directly in support of library programs and operations.  Your contribution, large or small, is much appreciated.


Mail your gift to:

The Oregon Historical Society

Friends of the Library Fund

1200 SW Park Avenue

Portland, OR 97205


Make a gift over the phone:

Call or Annual Giving Manager at 503.306.5237


We will provide more information in the coming weeks about other ways you can support the Research Library and the Oregon Historical Society.

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About the Library
Located in the heart of downtown Portland’s Cultural District, the Oregon Historical Society Research Library serves researchers from around the world.
Visiting the Library
Hours of operation, preparation tips, and other information to help plan your visit to the Research Library.
Using the Library
Find out how to effectively use the resources and request materials from the Research Library
The Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books, serials, newspapers, oral histories, manuscripts, government documents, genealogical and biographical material, photographs, film, and maps.
Rights & Reproduction
The Research Library provides valuable service including distance research, photocopying, moving Images, microfilm, & oral history duplication.
Photograph Gallery
Browse these galleries for a sample of the hundreds of categories within our Photograph Collection.
The Oregon Historical Society's Artifact Collections comprise some 85,000 objects.
The Research Library provides many resources, materials, and services for genealogists. Whether you are looking for an obituary, a photograph, a genealogy workshop, or the history behind an Oregon family, institution, building, or event, the library has something for you. Our library staff, including an onsite trained genealogist, is waiting to assist you.