Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas Opens Reading Room

Imagine if someone went there and found new evidence of a conspiracy – John Judge

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza announced its Reading Room, located on the first floor of the former Texas School Book Depository at 411 Elm Street, open to the public on June 29, 2010 at noon. The Reading Room represents the latest initiative by the nonprofit museum, which draws more than 325,000 visitors annually.

Available by appointment only from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, the Reading Room offers one of the world’s largest repositories of original photographs, film and video footage, documents and artifacts related to the assassination of President Kennedy. Staffed by a librarian/archivist, the Reading Room also showcases the museum’s efforts to acquire, preserve and strategically digitize and reformat its collections as part of the planning for 2013, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. The project, designed by Dallas- based Corgan Associates, includes dedicated spaces for conducting oral history and media interviews and teacher workshops.

Sixth Floor Museum Store + Café hours are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, TX
Reading Room

Now open to the public, the Reading Room overlooks Dealey Plaza and provides a reflective environment for people of all ages seeking information and understanding about the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The Reading Room provides access to more than 4,000 books, magazines, newspapers and videos and covers topics ranging from Kennedy’s life and legacy to conspiracy theories to 1960s pop culture.

To find out what is available in our library collection, check out our online catalog at

Hours and Contact:
Monday–Friday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. (by advance appointment only)
Closed Saturday, Sunday and major holidays.
214-747-6660 ext. 6646

Visiting Guidelines
The library collection of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza includes more than 4,000 books, media and serials accessible to the public relevant to the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The purpose of the Reading Room and its services is to support scholarly research and educational programs. When visiting the Reading Room, visitors are expected to abide by the policy and procedures established by the Museum. Visitors failing to follow these guidelines will be denied future access and use of the Reading Room and its materials. The Librarian/Archivist provides research assistance including information about the Reading Room and its holdings, instruction on locating and using materials, and identifying relevant sources

Make an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, fill out our Reading Room Appointment Request Form. Please submit the form at least two weekdays before the date you wish to visit. Your request must be confirmed before visiting the Reading Room.


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