The Nation's First Presidential Library

Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president, the Hayes family established a presidential library, the first in the United States. Opened in 1916, this library preserves President Hayes' 12,000-volume personal library along with archival material from his military and political career, particularly his presidency (1877-1881). Over the years, the staff has expanded the collection to over 90,000 books which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

Information regarding cataloged books, periodicals, and special collections materials can be accessed through the BGSU Libraries Catalog, which is a component of OhioLINK, a statewide library and information network. Our materials are also cataloged on WorldCat,

All collections in the Library are open to the public for non-circulating use only. Most Ohio and genealogy books are in the Reading Room, available for browsing. Staff members retrieve other materials from the closed stacks for users. Unless the condition of the material prohibits it, all print items may be photocopied. 

Contact: Head Librarian John Ransom, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420. 1/800-998-7737, ext. 232. Email [email protected]

Library Hours : Monday through Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm 

Closed Sundays,  federal holidays and Christmas Eve
Seasonal hours – Museum & Library are closed on Mondays January, February & March

Admission : FREE

• copies ($.25 a page); $.50 a page 11 x 17) 
• microfilm readers, printers, scanners 
• three microfilm readers with printers ($.25 a copy) 
• eight Internet-connected computers available to the public with no reservation times