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"Shining Light On Automotive History"

The Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 in an effort to make automobile research and restoration information readily available to hobbyists, restorers, and scholars worldwide. 

Our funding comes from YOU, through memberships, individual donations, grants, and from various charitable organizations.

The Automotive Research Library supports collations between all institutions and organizations both within the United States and around the world.  

Generously Supported by the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation.



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  • The HCFI library is my secret weapon in cataloguing, research and archival work.

    -David Traver Adolphus


Visit Our Extensive Southern California Library in San Diego, CA.

8186 Center Street, Suite F
La Mesa, California 91942

Located along Interstate 8 (I-8), we are within two blocks of the Grossmont Shopping Center and a variety of restaurants. A choice of lodging is within a two mile radius.
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  • Sunday - Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am to 3:00pm PST
  • Saturday - HFCI Bookstore Open the 2nd Saturday of each month:  10:00am to 3:00pm PST
  • Closed Most Holidays

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Proudly Associated with
The National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM)

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.