Research & Reference Services
The Research & Reference staff welcome your questions about Mary Baker Eddy and the history of the Christian Science movement. We will also be happy to answer questions about your visit to the Library. Depending on the question, a response may be given immediately; in other instances, additional time may be required. Due to the heavy volume of inquiries, it may take up to six weeks to respond to a question. There is no charge for this service beyond copy costs, if applicable.
Ask a research question
Before contacting us, you may wish to see if the answer to your question may be found in Research Blog. You can also research on your own through the Mary Baker Eddy Papers Project.
Mary Baker Eddy Papers project
The first-floor Research Room is open to the public. Here you can use computers to read and research correspondence to and from Mary Baker Eddy and view thousands of historical photographs. You can also read reminiscences of Eddy and books about her and the history of Christian Science.
Catalog and finding aids
Prepare for your visit by learning more about our collections. You may wish to search our online catalog, browse our finding aids or review our online resources and databases. If you plan to visit, and know what you would like to see, please contact us so that we can have the necessary material ready for you.
- First-floor Research Room open
Tuesday–Friday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
- Fourth-floor Archives & Special Collections open by appointment.
Selected letters by Mary Baker Eddy from the Library’s collection are available for purchase. They shed light on Eddy’s own spiritual growth, her loving care and counsel to students, as well as her spiritual insights and healing ideas.