About Us

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Scholars of Lincoln, the Civil War, and Illinois history find the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL) indispensable—after all, it houses the world’s largest archive of papers and artifacts on Abraham Lincoln and an unparalleled collection on the history of the Prairie State.  But you don’t have to be a scholar to use the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  Genealogists find the library’s resources essential to their creation of family histories and genealogies.  Students and avocational historians also use the library to study issues of educational and personal interest.  A special research library, the ALPL is open to the public, although all materials must be used on site and no library cards are issued.


To collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the study of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and Illinois history.

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. More information available –  Plan Your Visit.

Map of downtown Springfield

Mailing address

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone:(217) 558-8844
Fax: (217) 785-6250

Library Research Hours

Monday – Friday 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Special Exhibits

The Library is open special hours and days for exhibit viewing only. Please call (217) 558-8844 in advance to inquire.


The Library is closed on official state holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


Appointments are recommended for research in the Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and Lincoln collections. Please make arrangements by telephone or mail (address above). 

Manuscripts: (217) 558-8855
Audiovisual: (217) 785-7955
Lincoln: (217) 785-9132