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F&M College Library

Visiting the Archives

Visitor Information


Reading Room hours for researchers are

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

See updated hours for the libraries here.


As hours may vary, please call or email in advance to schedule an appointment.


Before You Arrive

Please prepare for your visit by reviewing our Guidelines for Access and Use.

Travel and Parking

The Archives & Special Collections are located on the first floor of the Martin Library of the Sciences at Franklin and Marshall College. The library is located off Harrisburg Avenue (approximately 850 Harrisburg Avenue) between Race and College Avenues on the College campus.

Parking can be difficult during the school year but can be found along the nearby 600 and 700 blocks of College Avenue and in lots off Harrisburg Avenue (the College Square and the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center lots). On campus visitor parking near the Public Safety office off Race Avenue may also be available and there are a limited number of designated visitor parking spaces available (by obtaining a permit from Public Safety) in the nearby Williamson lot.

Visit the Campus Map for an interactive map of all F&M buildings.

For general directions to campus, please see Directions to Franklin and Marshall College.


Dining & Lodging

When visiting us from a distance, you may wish to break for lunch or a quick cup of coffee. Nearby lunch options (from least to most expensive) include:

On Campus

Blue Line $
on campus, Distler House- coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant $$$
on campus, College Row - American fare "brew pub" serving lunch and dinner and handcrafted beers.
Just Off Campus
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers $
two blocks Northwest of campus- traditional Am. fast food.
Subway $
two blocks Northwest of campus - subs.

Rosa Rosa's Pizzeria $$
one block Northwest of campus- pizza, sandwiches, subs.
Please visit the following link for more information on dining and lodgings, if staying over in the Lancaster area.


ALL research inquiries and appointment requests should be directed to:

Archives and Special Collections
or individually

Christopher Raab
Associate Librarian | 717.358.4225

Louise LoBello
Digital & Special Collections Librarian | 717.358.4433

Mailing Address and Fax
Archives and Special Collections
Martin Library of the Sciences
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
UPS & FedEx:
Archives and Special Collections 
Franklin & Marshall College
Martin Library of the Sciences
415 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
FAX : (717) 358-4088