Visit Archives & Library
Come for a visit!
Use our archives and library to learn about Mennonites and interrelated communities. Our reference desk staff is ready to assist you.
Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Members of Mennonite Life and students use the library and archives complimentary; non-members pay a nominal fee of $7 per day.
Ancestry.com Available Here!
Ancestry.com is the world’s largest collection of online family history records, and it’s available for you to use complimentary in our library. Our reference staff can help you with your research and with making sense of what you find!
Our archive is filled with treasures that give glimpses into the individual and community lives of Lancaster area Mennonites and their neighbors. We are the official depository for records of LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches (Lancaster Mennonite Conference) and of Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA.
The archival collections span a range of material and formats such as art prints, audio recordings, broadsides, correspondence, charts, deeds, diaries, folk art (fraktur, scherenschnitte), genealogical records, maps, newspaper clippings including obituaries, photos and slides, postcards, videos, and wills.
Explore Our Online Museum Store
October 27, 2021
Introducing Mennonite Life
It’s an exciting time to be a Mennonite history…Learn More
October 11, 2021
For Mennonites in Lancaster, loving your neighbor means welcoming…Learn More
October 4, 2021
Beyond folk arts, Mennonites contribute significantly to visual, language,…Learn More
October 4, 2021
A Caring Revolution
Civilian Public Service (CPS) workers lived in camp settings…Learn More
Discover Something New
June 3 @ 9:30 am
Intro to Cemetery Research
Genealogical research expert James C. Landis teaches an introductory…Learn More
July 14 @ 6:30 pm
Rare & Used Book Auction
You’ll find unusual and interesting treasures, along with classics…Learn More
August 7 @ 7:00 pm
Annual Storytelling Night
Mennonite Life will host its Annual Storytelling Night on…Learn More
The Bookworm Frolic returns Thursday, September 14 through Saturday,…Learn More