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 6,000 books, magazines, newspapers and videos and covers topics ranging from Kennedy's life and legacy to conspiracy theories to 1960s pop culture.
Download a copy of the Reading Room brochure to learn more.
Online Collections Database
Many items in the Museum collection are accessible through our Online Collections Database. The online collections do not represent the entirety of the Museum's holdings; new records are added regularly. Click here to explore.
Hours and Contact
Monday – Friday, by advance appointment only.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and major holidays.
214-747-6660, ext. 6646
Please read our Visiting Guidelines before making an appointment to visit the Reading Room.
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.
Need help with research? View suggested lists of books, articles, collections, oral histories, and websites by topic.
JFK Assassination Timeline
The JFK Assassination Timeline was created to foster a better understanding of the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. The timeline begins in 1917 with his birth and ends in 2017 with the possible release of new assassination-related materials by the government. This multi-media research tool is enhanced with photographs, film and video footage, documents and artifacts from the Museum's collections. You can also listen to oral histories, view video clips, and examine photographs and documents.
To find out what is available in our library collection, search our online catalog.
Reading Room Highlights
Learn more about the unique and special items in our research collection.
JFK Resource Consortium
Want to learn more about other collections related to President Kennedy? Explore the JFK Resource Consortium. This expansive research tool puts you in touch with materials related to President Kennedy and the assassination at universities and institutions throughout Texas.