The AACA Library will be open on select Saturdays from 8 AM – 4 PM beginning in April to accommodate those who are unable to visit us during the week. Staff will use this trial period to determine whether these additional hours are needed and used, and are subject to change.
The Saturday schedule for the remainder of 2023 is as follows:
- April 1 and 22
- May 6 and 20
- June 3 and 17
- July 8 and 22
- August 5 and 19
- September 9 and 23
- October 21
- November 4 and 18
- December 2 and 16
Please note that staffing on Saturdays is limited, and that headquarters is closed on weekends, therefore the front doors will remain locked. Signage will be posted on the doors with instructions on how to contact staff to be let into the facility.
Staff will address phone calls and emails as they are able to, but preference will be given to in-person visitors on Saturdays – we thank you in advance for your patience, and hope to see you soon!
Eastern Divisional Tour Sponsored by the AACA Library
The AACA Library & Research Center is sponsoring the 2023 Eastern Divisional Tour in Denver, PA in memory of former library director, Chris Ritter. The tour is scheduled to run from Saturday, June 24 to Wednesday, June 28. The tour will include visits to many Lancaster and Reading area sites including The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, the Pottstown Carousel, Yuengling Brewery, and the National Watch and Clock Museum. If you haven’t yet visited the new AACA headquarters and library facility, you’ll have a chance to do that too!
We are thrilled that there has been so much interest from members who want to participate in this tour. To request information, please contact us at Pat Buckley at 717-534-1910 ext. 1403. Full details and registration forms will be sent out in April.
Please note that the library will not be open for walk-in research assistance on Wednesday, June 28th due to tour activities at the headquarters/library facility that day.
Monday through Friday
8 AM – 4 PM
8 AM – 4 PM
2023 Saturday Schedule
April 1, 22
May 6, 20
June 3, 17
July 8, 22
August 5, 19
September 9, 23
November 4, 18
December 2, 16
800 W. Hershey Park Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
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The AACA Library and Research Center is open free to the public during our regular hours of operation for individual research. There are no fees for on-site research besides copies and digital scans.
While visiting the library you can view any of our books or look at specific information regarding one of your cars or maybe just an automobile topic that you are interested in. For those of you that can’t make it out to the library in person, we offer off-site research available to anyone who is interested to be completed by library staff by using our contact form.
Hourly Off-Site Research Fees
AACA Members – Free (first 2 hours of off-site research)
Non-Members – $30/hr chargeable in units of $5 per 10 minutes
Photocopies and Digital Scans
$0.25 a page for B&W
$0.50 a page for Color
$2 per Digital Scan
$20/scan for commercial use (book publication, display, blog and website use)
Shipping and Processing
AACA Members Only Pay for Shipping and Copies/Scans
Non-Members must pay a Processing Fee of $10 to start the research and help cover shipping.
View Membership Rosters Here To Check Your 50 Year Membership Pin Status
Our New Library and Headquarters – Now Open
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Website For More Info
AACA Library’s Bookmobile
During the 1980s and 1990s, AACA Library staff and leadership had dreams of one day owning and operating an antique bookmobile. That dream became a reality in February 2011 when Anderson, SC resident and AACA Life Member Tom Gibson and Dave Bowman donated a custom bodied 1955 Chevrolet 3600 bookmobile that served residents of Anderson County, SC from 1956-1991. From 1991 – 2011 the bookmobile stood motionless in a parking garage until making the trip north to Pennsylvania in April 2011. Once in Pennsylvania the truck went to the restoration shop of Rick Hoover in Middletown, PA where it received a phenomenal off-frame restoration. The AACA Library Bookmobile is a regular fixture at AACA events and also non-AACA car events, including schools, parades, community centers and just about any place it is invited!
Visit the AACA Library’s Automotive Advertisement website. Once there you can browse ads from all eras featuring many different manufacturers and even accessory brands. These ads were one man’s collection that encompassed almost 12,000 ads. In the future we will be scanning ads from the AACA’s main collection to fill the holes that are missing to build up the online collection even more. If a marque is missing or a little light, don’t fret as it should be filled in future as this will be an evolving process that will be updated frequently throughout the year. Enjoy!
In addition to housing our own collection, the AACA Library & Research Center houses the literature collections of several marque clubs. This is a win-win situation where our on-site holdings increase and marque clubs still maintain ownership of their material. Clubs rest easy by getting their valuable holdings into a facility that is secure, temperature/humidity controlled, and protected by fire suppression.
Philadelphia Library Collection
The AACA Library has acquired Thomas McKean Collection from the The Free Library of Philadelphia in cooperation with the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Southwest Philadelphia. The collection will be split between the two organizations.
Thomas McKean Collection, named for the collector, consists of auto manuals and ephemera, advertising literature, technical bulletins, photographs, books, journals, and historic license plates. The collection is upwards of 100,000 items.
The Antique Automobile Club of America
America’s premiere resource for the collectible vehicle community! Since its inception there has been something about the sight, sound, and feel of the automobile that stirs the imagination and the desire to experience the freedom of the open road. Whether it’s the clatter of the single cylinder brass era car or the heavy thumping of big block Detroit muscle cars that fuels the addiction, we are all kindred spirits. Vintage cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles are our bond.
Since 1935, AACA has had one goal: The preservation and enjoyment of automotive history of all types. From National Meets and Tours to Regional events, AACA is here to bring enthusiasts together through exciting National activities, friendship, and Antique Automobile… an award winning 100-page full color magazine.
We’re glad you found us. Stay and “nose” around our website and forums. We have something for everyone. You don’t have to own a vehicle or know how to turn a wrench. You can be involved at any level you wish. Whether it’s joining our judging teams, doing research in our vast library, or taking the family through the excitement of a National Meet or Tour, the possibilities are endless.
So, spend time with us and others sharing your passion. Join up. Its less than the price of a tank of gas and lasts all year. Then check out our Regions and Chapters to find one near you. Get behind the wheel of AACA. We know you’re going to love the ride.
The AACA Forums – An online host for all automobile and hobby discussions.
No membership needed. Come and join the conversation.
Sixth Annual Antique Automobile Derby- Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, PA November 12, 1926
There are always projects and tasks here at the library that we would love to receive help on. Whether it be cross referencing donated materials, dating photos, or assisting in re-arranging materials there is always something to do around here and any help we can get is greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Matt Hocker.
Email – Matt Hocker
Phone – (717) 534-2082
Mail – 800 W. Hershey Park Dr., Hershey, PA 17033.
Some recently completed volunteer projects:
- Sorting & dating literature donations
- Digitizing magazine index sheets
- Relocating collections within the library
- Correcting online catalog entries
- Contributing to AACA publications
- Inventorying special collections
- Organizing flat file cabinets
- Display case development
- General research assistance
- Analyzing our 16mm film collection
As a 501 (c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation, the AACA Library & Research Center appreciates your donations whether in the form of a bequest, gift of cash, collectibles or literature. Gifts of vehicles and automotive collectibles are welcome. All contributions are deductible from state and federal income tax to the extent allowed by law.
View our Past Donors here.
Make a donation to the library here or contact us by phone – 717-534-2082
Endowment and Estate Planning
Literature and Other Material Donations
The AACA Library will accept donated material in the form of literature, books, artwork, manuals, periodicals, and even cars. If we are unable to add donated material to our collection, due to duplication or if it is simply something that doesn’t fit our collection, the item will sell it to raise money for the library. At this time we are not accepting magazines published after 1955. After materials are received, the library will provide the donor with a letter acknowledging the donation. This donation will recognize the number of items donated but will not provide an appraisal or estimate of the value of the donated material.
Fisher Body Craftsman Guild
The featured item is a part of the AACA Library & Research Center’s collection of hand made Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild model cars. The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild was a contest sponsored by General Motors from 1931-1968. The program encouraged school-aged boys to build a Napoleanic Coach from plans (1931-1948) or design their own car concept (1937-1968) that adhered to program specifications. Contest winners earned scholarships for college and the program was an important recruiting tool for the General Motors Styling Department.
View videos of our collection here.
Multimedia – Films, VHS, and More
View a list of our 16mm Films
We have a vast collection of multimedia items in our collection ranging from DVD’s, Marque Films, Training Film Strips, 16 mm Films, and more.
Mike’s Movie Machine – 16mm Film Scanner
The AACA Library has built and modified a DIY film scanner. It was originally built to the specs of the Kinograph. Since the original build many improvements and modifications have been put in place including adding a step motor, new backlight, film gates, shutter delays, and other items to help get a more stable and clear image. We are currently digitizing our 16mm film collection and examples of these can be found on our youtube page and in the Video Playlist below.
Playlist of Digitized Films
The library currently has three 3D Printers on site including one UV resin printer. We are currently developing educational programming to implement our 3D printers.
Interactive Automotive Models
The library has a growing collection of interactive 3D models showcasing how various cars and their components work.
The Build-A-Bookmobile is a custom model using genuine LEGO® pieces. Model includes functional book box doors, a removable top for the cab to seat a driver, and optional build mods with included parts. It measures 6″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ when completed. This was a signed and numbered limited release of 55 units, 20 of which were bundled with minifigures of the AACA Librarian’s likenesses.. All of our sets were sold out within the first few days. This product came complete with professionally printed and designed building instructions, box art, and decals. We have digital instructions available if you have enough of your own LEGO bricks at home and if that isn’t an option you can order bricks through a LEGO resale site, Bricklink.com.
This model represents a homegrown effort. The finished build was designed by our Assistant Librarian and lifetime LEGO® fan, Matthew Hocker. Catalog Librarian, Mike Reilly, designed the box art and instruction booklet. Library Director, Chris Ritter, said “make it happen” and here we are today! We sincerely thank you for purchasing the AACA Library’s “Build-a-Bookmobile” custom LEGO® kit. This custom LEGO® kit consists of 100% genuine new and/or used LEGO® elements. It is neither produced by nor associated with the LEGO® Group.
Download Digital Instructions Here.
Vehicles Owned by The AACA Library
The library has many cars in its collection including the following:
1955 Chevrolet Bookmobile
1940 Ford Deluxe
1926 Dodge Bros.
1936 Buick Roadmaster
1965 Lincoln Continental
1913 Ford Model T
1929 Ford Model A
1929 Harley Davidson
1921 Ford Model T