Columbia Research Center

Columbia Research Center

Located within the Center for Missouri Studies, the Columbia Research Center connects students, researchers, patrons, and genealogists with the collections that the State Historical Society of Missouri holds on their behalf.

Columbia Research Center resources include:

Columbia collecting area



Phone Number
(573) 882-1187
Mailing Address
605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201


Physical Address
605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201

On-site Parking

The Center for Missouri Studies has limited visitor parking available in a parking lot located north of the Center, at the corner of Locust and 6th Streets. Visitors can receive a free daily parking pass at the Welcome Desk in the Center lobby.

More Parking Options

MU Campus Parking

The University of Missouri Hitt Street Parking Structure has metered parking available on Level 4. Visitors may also purchase a temporary virtual permit through MU Parking.

City of Columbia Parking

The City of Columbia parking garage at 6th and Cherry Streets has 80 hourly parking spaces available. There is also metered parking available around the Center, on 6th, 7th, and Locust Streets. More information, including rates, can be found on the City of Columbia Public Works site. You can view more parking tips on The District website.



Research Center

Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure that requested materials are available at the time of your visit. Make an appointment using the research request form.

Tuesday8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bookstore Hours
Tuesday10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4 p.m.
Wednesday10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4 p.m.
Thursday10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4 p.m.
Friday10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Administrative Offices

Tuesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures

Researching at the Center