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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the premier repository for materials relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln and the history of the Prairie State. The ALPL, originally the Illinois State Historical Library, was created in 1889 by the Illinois General Assembly, which charged the new library with collecting and preserving "books, pamphlets, manuscripts, monographs, writings, and other materials of historical interest and useful to the historian, bearing upon the political, religious, or social history of the State of Illinois from the earliest known period of time."

A century later that Library continues its mission under the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The Library is a public, non-circulating research facility that contains material on all aspects of Illinois' history. Particularly noteworthy are the Library's holdings in published resources,  manuscripts,  newspapers,  audiovisual, and Lincolniana.

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Library Location
The Presidential Library is located at 112 North Sixth Street in downtown Springfield, between Sixth and Seventh and Washington and Jefferson Streets. Parking is available in the public garage at Sixth and Madison Streets, a block north of the Library. The mailing address is 112 North Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62701-1507. Telephone: (217) 558-8844. Fax: (217) 785-6250.

Library Hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

The Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and Lincoln collections are not open on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. The entire Library is closed on State holidays.

Appointments are necessary for research in the Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and Lincoln collections. Please make arrangements by telephone or mail.

Manuscripts: (217) 785-7942
Audiovisual: (217) 785-7955
Lincoln: (217) 785-7954

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In addition to the Library, the Agency oversees state and federal preservation programs in Illinois and manages 58 state-owned historic sites and memorials.

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