Gerald R. Ford Library
The Gerald R. Ford Library collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public a rich body of archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations, and political affairs during the Cold War era, focusing on the Ford administration. It also offers a wide variety of special events, speakers, book signings, forums, educational workshops, films, and other programs. And, in addition to the permanent timeline exhibit on the lives of Gerald and Betty Ford, the Library mounts several small temporary exhibits each year.
The Library is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. Unlike other Presidential libraries, the Ford library’s library and museum components are geographically separate. The Library is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, while the Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 130 miles west of Ann Arbor.
Library Basic Facts:
- Groundbreaking: January 15, 1979
- Opened to the public: April 27, 1981
- Cost of construction: $4.3 million
- Square footage: 50,000 square feet
- Staffing: 17 employees and contractors, plus volunteers, interns, and work study students
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Friday. 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
- Closed all Federal holidays.
- Admission and Parking is Free