Unless you are researching Hemingway, it is going to be difficult to access material at the JFK Library
Due to the need to update its archival storage areas, access to text material will be limited during the northern late summer and fall at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
During that time period, currently estimated to last from August 12 through Nov. 15, 2011, only a select number of collections will be physically available to researchers and to Archives staff members. These include:
--the National Security Files;
--the Ernest Hemingway Papers; and
--the Audiovisual collections (still images, moving images, and audio recordings).
All other collections will be unavailable for research during the approximately 12-week period and Archives staff members will be limited in their ability to respond to offsite requests.
This is one of the great benefits of digitization -- all digitized collections, including the President's Office Files, the John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection, and the White House Photographs, will remain accessible via the library website.
Whatever library or museum or historical society you want to visit, it is always a good idea to phone or write ahead, even going to the extent of making an appointment. Believe me, it can save a ton of trouble. The partial closure of the JFK Library is a case in point.
Their phone number is 617.514.1629 or you can email them at: Kennedy.Library@nara.gov