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The Library / Archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society safeguards the documentary heritage of Nebraska so that it can be used by all researchers. Collections include books and other published works; newspapers; maps; photographs; government records; papers of individuals, businesses, organizations, and religious bodies; sound recordings, and moving images. You are invited to learn more about these collections and the services Library and Archives provides for you.

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Beginning April 4th, the State Archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society will be moving our government records collections to a new, state-of-the-art, storage facility in Lincoln.

Federal, state, county, and local/municipal records will be affected. The government records consist of over 17,500 square feet of materials including paper records and security microfilm formats that date from circa 1850 to 2015. This relocation is a major effort and will begin April 4th and is scheduled to be completed by June 30. During this period, government records may not be readily available or accessible. Your patience will be appreciated during this exciting time.

The NSHS Reference Room, located at 1500 R Street, will remain open with normal hours of operation (10AM-4PM, Tuesday thru Saturday; and patrons of NSHS will be able to access newspapers, marriages, naturalization, census, and public record collections that are available on microfilm here.


  • Library Materials
  • Government Records
  • Manuscript Collections
  • Moving Images
  • Photographs
  • Sound Recordings
  • Nebraska Treasures virtual exhibit


  • Using the Library
  • Map of Library
  • Library Services by Mail
  • Ordering Marriage Recordsnew
  • Fees for Copies and Special Access
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Library / Archives Publications
  • Lectures
  • Consultations
  • Tours


  • Hastings Regional Center Cemetery Records
  • Digital Imaging Laboratory
  • SHRAB (State Historical Records Advisory Board)
  • Mexican American Traditions in Nebraska Project
  • Nebraska Newspaper Project
  • Microfilming Partnership with LDS

How You Can Help   

  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Donating materials
  • Financial contributions


  • Museum Store items related to Library/Archives collections


Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 - 4:00
Saturday, 10:00-4:00, limited service
Closed on Sunday and Monday

New Saturday Reference Room Hours are Here

Starting November 3rd, 2015, the Reference Room will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

The Library is closed all state holidays and on some holiday weekends. The state holidays are: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Arbor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day & day after, and Christmas Day. It is advisable to check with the Reference Room for the current schedule of open hours before arriving to do research.

Library / Archives
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 "R" Street
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
Telephone: 402-471-4751
Fax: 402-471-8922

Using the Library

  • Registration
  • Card Catalog
  • Stacks
  • Photocopy services



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