The Wangensteen Historical Library welcomes all visitors. The collection is non-circulating and the stacks are closed to browsing. We are happy to help you with your research needs and can help you get access to resources at the time of your visit.

To make sure your visit is as productive as possible:

  • Appointments: Appointments are always welcome and encouraged. Contact the library (612-626-6881 or email at in advance of your visit to make sure the reading room is open and the materials you would like to use are available. Appointments outside of operating hours are subject to staff availability and should be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Locating Materials: Come with a list of items that you would like to see, including the call number, title, and author. This information can be found in our library catalog. If you have a general research topic but aren’t sure what exactly you’d like to see, contact the library ahead of time for assistance.
  • Policies: Read the Researcher Policies and be prepared to fill out a researcher registration form.
  • Work Space: The reading room is kept quite cool in order to protect the historical materials so it is useful to bring a sweater.

Hours and Closings

Regular Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed


The Wangensteen Historical Library is closed on University holidays, which can be found on our complete listing of hours.



Diehl Hall, 5th Floor
505 Essex Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0334

Interactive Map - Plan your Route

The Wangensteen Historical Library is located on the 5th floor of Diehl Hall. Access the library by entering on the west side of the building (3rd floor) and taking the elevator or stairs to the 5th floor.

Map of Wangensteen


Parking is available on the street, at the Washington Avenue Ramp or the Oak Street Ramp.

Public Transportation

Public transportation stops are conveniently located a short distance away. The East Bank green line light rail stop or the Coffman Union bus stop are both easy walks to Diehl Hall. The Metro Transit Stops & Stations website can help you plan your trip.

Researcher Policies 

  • No food or beverages are allowed in the reading room.
  • Pencils only.
  • Please wash your hands before using materials to ensure that they will not be damaged by food, drink, or ink.
  • Laptops, digital cameras, and cellphones are all allowed in the reading room, but must have the volume turned off in order to not disturb other researchers. There are a few power outlets located around the reading room and there is wireless internet available.
  • A coat locker is available for you to deposit your outerwear and bags. Only materials required for your research are allowed in the reading room.
  • Photographs or scans of volumes are possible, but researchers must consult with the curator before making any reproductions of materials.
  • All material is non-circulating. This means that you may look at library items only within the Library’s reading room. Removal of any materials without express consent of the curator is considered theft.
  • Please note that the reading room is intended solely for researchers using the Wangensteen Historical Library’s collection. General study space is available in the Wangensteen Library’s lobby and in the Bio-Medical Library, located on floors 2-4 of Diehl Hall.