Frequently Asked Questions

How do I write to President Barack Obama?

Please send all correspondence for President and Mrs. Obama, including requests for congratulatory or retirement letters, to the following address:

Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
P.O. Box 91000
Washington, DC 20066

General requests, scheduling requests, and media inquiries can be submitted through the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama's website at www.barackobama.com.


How do I submit an invitation for President Obama to speak to my organization?

Scheduling for both President and Mrs. Obama is handled by the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama.  Contact them at:
 
Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
P.O. Box 91000
Washington, DC 20066
 
Scheduling requests can be submitted through the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama's website at www.barackobama.com

Have President or Mrs. Obama written any books?

President Obama published his first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, in 1995. His second book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, was published in 2006. President Obama also wrote a children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters, in 2010.

Mrs. Obama wrote her first book while she was serving as First Lady. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America was published in 2012.

Mrs. Obama’s memoir, Becoming, was published in November 2018.


What is the “new model” for the Barack Obama Presidential Library? How is this different from other Presidential Libraries?

The Barack Obama Presidential Library will be the first fully digital presidential library. The Obama Foundation will provide funding for the digitization of the textual records so that, once available in accordance with the Presidential Records Act, these records can be put online and accessible from anywhere. (Under the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955, amended in 1986, the Obama Foundation is not required to provide NARA with a building for the records and our staff.)

NARA maintains legal and physical custody of the records and artifacts. After digitization, NARA will store and preserve the original unclassified materials at an existing NARA facility in the greater Kansas City, MO area. The classified records will be moved to the National Archives at College Park, MD. A substantial number of items (records and artifacts) on display at the Obama Presidential Center will be loaned to the Obama Foundation by NARA.

Further information is available via the “Information about New Model for Obama Presidential Library” page on NARA’s website.


When can I visit the Obama Presidential Center?

The Obama Foundation is constructing the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side in Jackson Park. The Center will be a privately operated, non-federal organization. (NARA will not have a presence at this facility.)

For the most current information on the Obama Presidential Center, visit www.obama.org.


Are there exhibits open to the public at the temporary library site?

At this time, there are no plans to exhibit items at the Barack Obama Presidential Library site in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.


When will the Barack Obama records be available for research?

The Barack Obama Presidential records are governed by the Presidential Records Act (PRA). Under the provisions of the PRA, Obama Presidential records are not available to public access requests for the first five years after the end of the Administration. Obama Presidential records will become subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on January 20, 2022.


Who should I contact if I am interested in Vice President Joe Biden’s official records?

Vice President Joe Biden’s records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. These records will be available, subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, beginning January 20, 2022. For more information on the records of the Vice President Biden please contact the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. at:

Presidential Materials Division
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Room G-7
Washington, DC 20408
presidential.materials@nara.gov


Where can I find information about The Obama Foundation?

The Foundation can be contacted at:
 
Barack Obama Foundation
5235 S. Harper Ct., Suite 1140
Chicago, IL 60615
Media:  press@obama.org
Twitter: @obamafoundation
 

Specific questions can be submitted to the Obama Foundation through their website at https://www.obama.org/contact-us/.


How can I find out about employment opportunities at the Barack Obama Presidential Library?

The Barack Obama Presidential Library is part of the Presidential Libraries System administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), an independent federal agency. Official job listings are posted on USA Jobs. See the links below for more information: