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The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are open to the public. The Research Room is open by appointment only, which must be scheduled by 3:00pm if wishing to visit the next business day. Schedule a virtual orientation prior to booking travel. We respond to written requests for records at Please check our website or for updates on operating hours and status.

Letter from the Archivist of the United States to Researchers 

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus)

For more information about conducting research in our research room, please see: Visiting the Research Room - COVID Information.

Regular Research Room Hours

Monday - Friday by appointment only, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays 

Before Your Visit

  • Please contact the Library via email or telephone (214-346-1557) before making a research visit to schedule an appointment, so staff are better prepared to assist you. Appointments must be scheduled by 3:00pm if wishing to visit the next business day.
  • We highly encourage you to complete your virtual orientation before booking travel to ensure there are open materials regarding your topic available for research.
  • Use the Finding Aids to view open records currently available for research.
  • Some records have been digitized and may be accessed online. They are available through the Records Search.
  • Review the regulations for using the National Archives. These regulations include information about what researchers may bring into the research room as well as information about how to handle records.
  • Researchers do not need to purchase an admission ticket unless they are also visiting Museum.
  • Anyone can use the Research Room; you do not need to be a U.S. citizen, or present credentials or a letter of recommendation.
  • You must be at least 14 years old to do research, unless you receive special permission or are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • New researchers will be issued a researcher identification card. You must have a valid photo ID to obtain a researcher ID card.

What To Expect When You Arrive

  • Enter through the Museum entrance, go through the security checkpoint, and report to the Admissions Desk. A clerk will notify an archivist who will help you begin your research.
  • New researchers must fill out a researcher application form and view an orientation presentation before working with any records. 
  • Researcher application forms are covered by the Privacy Act of 1974. More information about how your application is protected and stored can be found on the National Archives website.
  • After the paperwork is completed, the archivist on duty will show you the Finding Aids and discuss the procedures for requesting records.
  • Although some of the procedures in this video are different from what you can expect at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, it is a good overview of what it is like to be a researcher at a National Archives facility.
  • If you have questions about policies or procedures, please contact the Library via email or telephone (214-346-1557).

Copy Fees 

Only checks and credit cards accepted. 

  • Self-Service Photocopies (standard size) - 25¢ per page
  • Self-Service Photocopies (oversize) - 50¢ per page
  • Photocopy orders or scanning of records completed by NARA Staff - 80¢ per page
  • CD of images from digital camera - $5 per CD

Citation Guidelines

Follow these guidelines for citations for records retrieved from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Security Check

President George W. Bush ran with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge of Eugene, Oregon, on the South Lawn, June 27, 2006.
President George W. Bush ran with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge of Eugene, Oregon, on the South Lawn, June 27, 2006. President Bush met Sgt. Bagge at Brooke Army Medical Center January 1, 2006, where he promised to run with Sgt. Bagge after the soldier's recovery. (P062706ED-0139)

To make your experience safe and enjoyable, be prepared for the Security Check. The Bush Presidential Library is a U.S. Federal agency; weapons are not allowed. Upon entry, all visitors must pass through a security check with a metal detector. All weapons, including guns, knife blades exceeding 2.5" in length, multipurpose tools, and stun-guns, will be confiscated and not returned. All bags are X-rayed, and possibly, searched. Inform the security staff that you are conducting research so your bag may be stowed in a locker in the Researcher Orientation Room. To enter the Research Room, all bags must be stowed in a locker.

Contact Us

Archives Staff
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-346-1557   Fax: 214-346-1558