The Institute encourages research by awarding grants-in-aid to scholars and sponsors the creation of new exhibits. Through the Library's Robert L. Beir Education Center, it supports the development of multi-media curriculum materials and the management of a docent program which provides guided tours to school groups. In addition, the Institute sponsors conferences at the Library on significant historical and contemporary issues such as Social Security, human rights, the Holocaust, and the future of liberalism.
With funds approved by Congress and being raised by the Roosevelt Institute, the FDR Library will soon construct a Visitor Center which will house an orientation theater, a gallery for temporary exhibits, a room and kitchen facilities for community events, and greatly improved visitors' services. The Visitor Center will increase public access to the Library and its resources and orient visitors to the entire Roosevelt site.