Park City Museum Research Library


Members of the Athenaeum Club, including Ella Sorenson (far right) helped revive the Park City Public Library, formerly located in what is now the Museum’s Store, October 1955.

The Hal Compton Research Library

Located on the lower level of the Park City Museum, the Hal Compton Research Library offers you a unique opportunity to search and discover. Whether your interest lies in your historic Park City home, the emergence of silver mining in Park City, the building of Park City’s first ski jump, or finding a distant relative, we can help you piece together the past from 1860 to the present day.

Research Library Materials and Resources

The Research Library’s materials include many Park City, Utah, and western history books, personal papers and oratories, maps, thousands of photographs, and objects that appear exclusively in the library.  Highlights of the Research Library include the photographs from local photographers Kendall Webb and Pop Jenks, and from Thomas F. Hansen’s rare and extensive collection.  For a list of Research Library resources, please visit our Library Resources page.

Make an Appointment

Please fill out this form to make an appointment to visit our Research Library. All appointments MUST be confirmed by Museum staff.
  • The Research Library is open Wednesday and Friday, 2-4pm.
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    The Research Library is open Wednesday and Friday, 2-4pm.

Visiting the Research Library

  • Access to the Research Library is free to all Museum visitors during Research Library hours.
  • Appointments are required.  Researchers with scheduled appointments will be given first priority.  Call, email, or fill out the form below to make an appointment.
  • The Research Library can only accommodate a limited number of researchers.  We cannot accept walk-ins at this time.
  • Two computers are available for public use to search Museum collections.
  • Bags must be stored upon entry into the Research Library.
  • Laptops, pencils and pads of paper are allowed in the Research Library. Scanners are prohibited.
  • Staff is available to help with visitor inquiries during Research Library hours of operation.
  • Library materials are not available for checkout, but a photocopier is available. Materials must be pre-approved for copying by staff. See Copy Charges below.

Copy Charges

Computer printouts and a photocopier are available to researchers. Copies cost ten cents (10c) per page.

Research Requests

Research requests submitted via email and telephone are subject to the following fees:

  • The first hour (30 minutes) of research is free, and we charge $25 for every half hour thereafter.
  • Copies made by Research Library staff cost fifty cents (50c).
  • Mail or fax delivery charges:
    • 1-10 pages – $1
    • 11-20 pages – $2
    • 21-40 pages – $3
    • over 40 pages – $5 (Inquire for international rates.)

Payment is required before materials are sent. Credit cards are preferred. Charges will be conveyed to patron prior to copying and mailing.

Remember, please be as specific as possible when making a request. Specify the time period, give names and places, if known, and what the scope of your request includes. Don’t forget to give your name, physical address, and telephone number.  Research requests made via telephone or e-mail will be processed within 7 – 10 business days on a first come, first served basis.