Reopening of the Ford Library Research Room

The reopening of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library research room is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)'s approach to safely reopening research rooms based on local public health conditions, facility readiness, and available staffing. Ford Library staff will continue to provide reference services via remote means as much as possible. This includes providing information via email, phone, social media, History Hub, and video conferencing, as well as providing reproduction services.

An important step in ensuring successful on-site research is providing our researchers with information about how to make their experience as effective and efficient as possible, while ensuring the overall safety of staff and visitors. Therefore, the following new procedures and processes for conducting on-site research at the Ford Library during the COVID-19 pandemic will be in effect.

Research Room Operations:

Research Appointments:

Social Distancing and Safety Measures in Research Rooms:

Researcher Registration:


Pulls and Refiles:

Exit Inspection:


Last Updated: November 28, 2022