At this time, we are unable to schedule any visits to use materials on-site from the Hayes Research Library or the Perkins Archives due to COVID-19. The Perkins Museum is also closed to visitors.

Complete our virtual research visit request form and we will get in touch to discuss what options are available for your specific question and research needs. The options available may vary based on staff availability, physical access to our collections and other factors.

Many of our items are available digitally, including the most commonly used archives collections. We are glad to direct you to specific resources and to help with questions about Perkins or blindness and deafblindness.

Remote services

If you have a question that does not fit the above categories, please select “Other” on the form and describe your question or research needs in the text box.

When we confirm your appointment, you will be asked to complete a brief document agreeing to our policies for use of our images and materials in the consultation.

Have other questions?

Please contact us with details about your research or questions by emailing [email protected]. It helps us to know:

Frequently asked questions

We schedule these calls when the Research Library is open (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Eastern time.) We are closed on weekends and Perkins holidays.

We will do our best to find a time that works for you, but available time slots may be limited and vary. We have a small staff and appreciate your patience.

Yes! Please select “Virtual research visit” and describe the topics you are interested in. We will ask for your main questions in advance so we can have information about your topic ready and confirm dates and other details. 

Please allow at least three working days for us to find a time to talk, and have at least three times you might be available when we are open to help us schedule a call. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Eastern time and closed on weekends and Perkins holidays.

Absolutely. Please select “virtual research visit” and describe the project or topics.

Contact Us

Have a question?

Contact the Research Library and Archives staff for help. We look forward to assisting you!

Wooden filing cabinets in the Research Library hold a display of books. Additional shelves are visible in the back.

Learn about our materials and resources.

Our catalog offers practitioner resources including historical materials about how practices and teaching approaches have changed over time.