Research Services

Hagley's research collections are open to the public. Our search guide is the best place to start your research.

We encourage researchers to contact us before visiting so we are better able to assist you. Please contact us via email at askhagley@hagley.org

If you are a researcher with special mobility needs who plans to visit Hagley's Library or Soda House, please contact us in advance so we can make accommodations. 

Library Hours:

Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Second Saturday of every month - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We are closed on most major holidays.

Please note we are closed October 14, 2017 due to the Hagley Craft Fair in the library.

Directions to the library

The Hagley Library and Soda House are located off Route 100 and Buck Road in Greenville, Delaware approximately 4 miles from downtown Wilmington.

LIBRARY AND SODA HOUSE ENTRANCE - GPS: 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Please Note: Our Manuscripts and Archives Department, is located in the Soda House, please follow signs accordingly when you arrive on our property. If you are unsure where you are supposed to go please call us at (302) 658-2400.

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Directions from Interstate 95

From 95 North: Take exit 8B and proceed on 202 north for approximately one mile to Route 141 south. Follow Route 141 south to the intersection with Route 100. Turn right onto Route 100 north. At the first stoplight make a right onto Buck Road East and follow the signs to library or Soda House.

From 95 South: Take exit 5B and proceed on 141 north. Follow 141 for approximately 7 miles. Turn left onto route 100 North. At the first stoplight make a right onto Buck Road East and follow the signs to the library or Soda House.

Directions from Route 202

Take Route 202 to Route 141 south. Follow Route 141 south to the intersection with Route 100. Turn right onto Route 100 north. At the first stoplight make a right onto Buck Road East and follow the signs to library or Soda House.

Directions from Route 52 (West Chester/Kennett Square)

Take Route 52 south and continue into Delaware. Shortly after the intersection with Route 82, you will pass a shopping center on your left. Stay in the left lane and watch for the intersection with Buck Road. Make a left at the light onto Buck Road. Go straight at the next traffic light (staying on Buck Road). After the stop sign, go straight through the gates and follow signs to the library or Soda House.

Publishing / broadcasting Hagley owned material

Hagley requires written permission for all public uses of our material. Information can be found on our guidelines for reproduction and permission to publish. Please contact us at askhagley@hagley.org or (302) 658-2400 ext. 483 for more information.

Use Restrictions

Hagley Museum and Library provides access to items in our collections for educational and research purposes. Access is granted in accordance with the terms of the Deed of Gift or Deposit Agreement and restrictions may apply, particularly for non-academic uses.

Visitors involved in research for current or potential litigation must contact the library in advance to obtain permission to access.

Services for off-site researchers

Hagley staff offers limited research service for those unable to visit the library. This service is available for requests that require a minimal amount of research.

Hagley maintains a list of local researchers for hire if you require more comprehensive research. Please contact us at askhagley@hagley.org for more information.

Second Saturday hours

The library is open the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The manuscripts reading room is closed but researchers may request up to six cartons of material to be brought to the library for use.

Please contact us at (302) 658-2400 ext. 330 by 1 p.m. on the Friday before your visit to request materials and finding aids.