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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 COVID updates.

The Research Room is open by appointment only, which must be scheduled by 3:00pm if wishing to visit the next business day.  

Reference Appointments and Consultations

Please email to schedule an appointment and virtual orientation.

We highly encourage you to complete your virtual orientation before booking travel to ensure there are open materials regarding your topic available for research.

You will have a virtual reference consultation with a NARA staff member by phone, video, and/or email prior to your research appointment. The consultations will be used to provide researchers with information about NARA’s holdings and are generally scheduled for an hour or less. Please be prepared to discuss your research needs, in as much specificity as possible.

Please read all of the information below prior to your arrival to our facility.

Health Self-Assessment: 

Everyday that researchers come for a research appointment, they are encouraged to answer the four questions below prior to arrival at the facility:

  1. Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours?
  2. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test due to an exposure or symptoms, or has a health care provider advised you to stay at home or otherwise self-isolate?
  3.  Are you a person who is not fully vaccinated, who has been in close physical contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  4. Are you a person who is not fully vaccinated, who has traveled out of the State or region, or out of the country in the past 10 days (with no COVID test) or in the past 7 days (if you have been tested since returning)?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please do not come to a NARA facility. Please seek medical attention, and contact library staff to let them know that you answered "yes" to one or more of the questions, so your research appointment can be rescheduled.

At the Library:

While in the research room, researchers are encouraged to take notes using their phone, tablet, laptop, or other device. Additionally, researchers will be encouraged to limit the number of personal items they bring to a NARA facility. Hand sanitizer is not allowed in the Research Room.

Research Room Procedures:

We are open from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM Monday - Friday by appointment only.  We are closed on all Federal Holidays and we close daily from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM for lunch.  

When you first arrive, you will come in at the entrance to the museum.  You will need to tell the employees at the front desk that you are here to do archival research. They will page a member of the archival staff to escort you to the Research Room.  You will need to bring a valid, current, government issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license or passport) with you in order to get your researcher card.  You will also need to bring your completed Researcher Application form (if you have not already sent it in via email), and your signed and dated copy of the Research Room Rules (if you have not already sent it in via email).

You may bring a laptop and the plugs for it into the research room, but the case must remain in a locker that we assign to you.  You may also bring a digital camera, tablet, and/or cell phone with camera capabilities into the research room to take pictures of the documents provided that the flash is turned off.  If you bring your digital camera, tablet, and/or cell phone into the research room, you may bring in all charging devices and memory cards for the camera into the research room; but all cases must be placed in the locker we assign to you.  You may bring a tripod into the research room to aid in taking pictures; but if you decide not to use it, then it must go into your locker.  You may bring a scanner into the research room, but please note that we only accept one of two kinds:  a regular flatbed scanner with no Automatic Document Feeding (ADF) capabilities or the MagicWand type portable scanners that have no feeding capabilities and will not harm the documents in any way.  Please note that if Research Room staff determine that a scanner you bring might harm the documents in any way, it will not be allowed in the research room.  Also your cell phone must be turned to vibrate or silent and all calls must be made or taken in our researcher lounge.  We will supply you with all other supplies.  We are encouraging all researchers to use their own devices to take notes, but copy paper and pencils for taking notes will be provided to you upon request.  You are allowed to bring a small number of notes into the research room (i.e., no more than 10 loose sheets of paper), which will be stamped "Library Approved" before you do research.  We are encouraging all researchers to use their own cameras or scanners to take pictures of or make scans of the documents that they are viewing; however, if you would like to make physical copies on our Xerox machine, the charge is $0.25 per page and we only accept checks and credit cards.  All photocopying must be completed by 4:15 p.m. daily.  Also we will not conduct any pulls of new boxes after 3:45 PM daily and you can request up to 12 boxes on a cart at one time.

For more information about conducting research in our research room, please see: Plan a Research Visit.