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.


When can I visit the Barack Obama Presidential Library?

The permanent Barack Obama Presidential Library is expected to open to the public in 2021.  Until then, records and artifacts are stored at a temporary facility in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  This temporary facility is not open to the public.


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 Barack Obama Foundation?

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

 


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:


Who decides where a Presidential library and museum should be located?

The President, with advice from the Archivist of the United States, makes the decision about the location of his Presidential library. In consultation with his family, friends, and associates, he usually selects from a series of proposals submitted by interested communities or universities.

Presidents have often acknowledged their origins by placing their libraries in their hometowns. However, in some cases Presidents place their libraries on or near a university campus.


How is a Presidential library paid for and funded?

A Presidential library is constructed with private or non-Federal funds donated to non-profit organizations established usually for the express purpose of building a Presidential library and supporting its programs.  Some libraries have also received construction and development funding from state and/or local governments.

The library is then transferred to the Federal government and operated and maintained by NARA through its congressionally appropriated operating budget.

Some staff and programs at Presidential libraries are paid for with funds from associated private foundations organized to fund the construction of the library. These private foundations also provide continuing support for library programs and special events, such as conferences and exhibitions.


What is the role of a Presidential library foundation?

Presidential libraries carry out a mandated program to preserve, process, and make available their archival holdings. As part of providing access, the libraries and museums provide outreach and educational programs.

NARA does not have sufficient resources to provide the broadest spectrum of innovative and insightful public, education, and information programs in each Library. Foundation support is critical to the development of core public programming for a Presidential library.

Presidential libraries and museums, their websites, and the scholarship they promote benefit in significant ways from private organizations established to support such programs.

In several cases, these organizations evolved from bodies chartered to raise money and construct the original Library building. In other instances, these organizations were formed after the dedication of the library by friends of the President.

Just as the origin and development of these organizations have varied, their formation and operation take a number of forms. Some of the organizations encourage public participation through payment of membership fees. Others are non-membership charitable foundations and corporations. Several seek to support their activities solely through private contributions. Some foundations are run by paid staff, others are voluntary.

Also, it should be noted that, starting with the George Bush Library, all future Presidential library foundations must provide an endowment to NARA to help offset facility operating expenses. This endowment is presented to NARA and is used by the government to support facility maintenance needs.