Library & Archives


The Library & Archives is open to visitors by appointment only. We will attempt to schedule requests for individual appointments made at least 24 hours in advance, but suggest contacting us as far in advance as possible. Class visits require at least 2 weeks notice. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
(216) 515-1956

2019 Closures:
January 1-2
January 21
February 18
May 27
July 4
September 2
November 28-29
December 24-25

Search for Archival Materials

Search here for documents, images, and recordings from artists, executives, fans, and the Rock Hall itself. Browse here


Having trouble with the search box? Try this link

Search for Library Materials

Search here for books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs in the Rock Hall collections. This will take you to the
WorldCat online catalog and allow you to locate resources both in our library and libraries near you.

On Exhibit

Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New WaveWHEN: Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. EST (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Fran and Jules Belkin Theatre in the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the Cuyahoga Community College Metro campus (2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH)

PRICE: The event is FREE with a reservation at


MORE INFO: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives celebrates its current project to process over 500 previously unavailable archival collections and make them available to the public with an exhibit opening event including panel discussions from NEO Sound donors.

Panelists include longtime musicians and Rock Hall donors Chris Butler (Waitresses, Tin Huey, 15 60 75) and Marky Ray (terrible parade, Death on a Stick, Death of Samantha, Jim Rose Circus, New Salem Witch Hunters), and photographer Dave Treat, who took some of the earliest images of the legendary Cleveland band the Dead Boys.

The National Archives grants program, carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), awarded a Pagans postertwo-year grant to the Rock Hall to fund the accessibility of these historically important music resources. Included in the grant project are a number of collections related to NEO Sound, the Rock Hall’s local music preservation initiative.

The evening will conclude with a reception in the Library & Archives reading room, where attendees can view a new archival exhibit entitled Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New Wave, showcasing materials donated by the panelists and made available through the NHPRC grant. Local Music U Want focuses on the unique Northeast Ohio punk and new wave scenes of the 1970s and ‘80s, fueled by the changing post-industrial landscape of the “Rust Belt.” Unlike other music scenes in the U.S., Northeast Ohio punk and new wave primarily flew under the radar, allowing the music to evolve into something more avant-garde and exploratory. Featured in the exhibit are photos, stickers, flyers, cassette zines and other promotional materials from the Rock Hall’s NEO Sound collections on local bands the Dead Boys, Devo, New Salem Witch Hunters, Death of Samantha, the Waitresses, Pere Ubu, the Styrenes, Pagans, Tin Huey, and 15 60 75 (The Numbers Band).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Library and Archives
2809 Woodland Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44115 | 216.515.1956 |