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Hire a Researcher

Open book for research

The Athenæum is pleased to help the broader scholarly community with basic queries, requiring fewer than 20 minutes’ research, about holdings in the Athenæum’s collections.

Researchers with bigger projects requiring extensive engagement with the collections who cannot travel to Boston may hire reference librarians.

The fee rate is $90 per hour, a minimum of one hour. Please submit this online form to initiate the process and determine how much time will be necessary to complete the research.

Payment process: A request will be undertaken after initial payment has been received. Any additional charges will be invoiced separately.

Payment may be made by check or money order, in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank; by credit card, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express; or by wire transfer.