The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum preserves and provides access to historical materials related to President Kennedy and his times -- and engages with citizens of all ages and nationalities through JFK's life story and the ideals he championed.

Our Values:

  • We value the study of history; facilitate the craftsmanship of those who interpret the past; and offer opportunities for the public to engage with us and the Library's holdings through our reference room, exhibits and programs.
  • We seek to be a trusted and authoritative source of information about John F. Kennedy and our related collections.
  • We work collaboratively to build an inclusive, supportive, and productive professional community.
  • We serve our local, national, and global communities.
  • We build partnerships with the Kennedy Library Foundation and with other key stakeholders.
  • We serve the public as we wish to be served -- with pride, respect, and courtesy.
  • We sustain the Library through creative business enterprises.
  • We strive to be at the forefront of our fields through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

We achieve our mission and live out our values by pursuing the following key priorities:

  • Maintain the safety and preservation of the collections, our building, and the people who work and visit here.
  • Provide access to our historical materials and to our museum and programming:
    • to researchers in the reference room and through the website and digital archives;
    • to museum visitors through our exhibits, store, and facility rentals;
    • to students, teachers, and the general public through our educational programs.
  • Serve as the nation's memorial to President Kennedy -- sharing the story of his life, times, and legacy.