Jane C. Sween Library


The principal research facility at Montgomery History is the Jane C. Sween Library, a non-circulating library and archives located at the Beall-Dawson Historical Park in Rockville.

Library and Archive Collections

Search our collections online!

To search across all our collections (museum, library, special collections, photos) use keyword search or advanced search in the top menu bar.

Or use the catalog-specific searches to narrow your results:

Library: the books available in our non-circulating library

Archives: the library’s special collections, consisting of archival documents (wills, deeds, correspondence, diaries, photographs, maps and much more) collected and donated by Montgomery County families and residents.

Photos: our extensive photograph collection, consisting of 8 x 10 images, snapshots and slides.

To view lists of the resources available at the Libraryclick here.


Research Services
Research services are available in the MCHS library collections. For information about submitting a research request, click here.


Hours and Directions
The Jane C. Sween Library is located on Middle Lane between N. Adams St. and N. Van Buren St. in Rockville, MD. The Library is open Wednesday-Friday, 10-4 p.m., and Saturday 12-4 p.m. Closed major holidays.

Research fee: $5 adults / $3 seniors and students / children under 6 free / MCHS members free


In the case of inclement weather, we follow the public school system on weekdays, and the county Recreation Department on weekends.  If the county schools are closed, or the Recreation Department cancels weekend activities, the museums and library are closed.  (County Recreation Inclement Weather Line: 240-777-6889)


For directions to the library, click here.


For more information call 301-340-2974 or e-mail