Visiting the Archives

Archives Research Room Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Records will not be pulled after 4:45 p.m.

If you cannot visit the archives in person please send us an email with your request:  Lancaster County Archives  Prepayment of all records requests is required and records can be emailed directly to you.  Credit card payment can now be made over the phone:  (717) 299-8319.  There is a $5.00 minimum charge for over the phone credit card payments.   

Research Room Policies:

We proudly preserve historical government records since the creation of Lancaster County in 1729.  To preserve our records for future generations please note the following:      

  • All persons must register at the front desk upon entering the Archives.
  • Personal items may be kept in lockers. 
  • Food and drink are not permitted within the archives.
  • Archives staff will retrieve all historical records.  Indexes are available for researcher retrieval in the research area and on the archives website.
  • The Archives reserves the right not to photocopy documents that are too fragile.
  • All photocopies or images are .25 cents.  Records in a specialized format such as records in large docket books may be provided at a cost of $1.00 per page/image and may require additional processing time.
  • Archives records will not be removed from the Archives for any reason.
  • Thumb drives or any USB-related devices are not permitted on Archives public computers.  Archives staff can email images of records to your email address upon request. 
  • Credit card payment is now accepted.   

Archives staff are here for your research assistance so please ask questions.