New identification requirements for access to Bio-Medical, Wangensteen libraries

Beginning December 2, identification will be required for entry into designated health sciences buildings, including the Bio-Medical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library in Diehl Hall.

Visitors must present:

Visitor identification library access cards

Visitors must present a valid government-issued photo ID along with one of the following library access cards at a designated visitor entrance.

Prepare for a productive visit

  • Appointments: Appointments are 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.

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.


Regular Hours

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

Designated visitor entrances

Visitors must use designated visitor entrances to access the Bio-Medical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library in Diehl Hall.

  • 2nd floor of Moos Tower at Washington Ave (wheelchair accessible through the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp tunnel)
  • 3rd floor of Moos Tower at the Delaware circle (wheelchair accessible)
  • 2nd floor Mayo Building at the Church Street entrance (wheelchair accessible)


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

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




The closest parking structures to the Bio-Medical Library are the Washington Avenue Ramp and the Oak Street Ramp.

Public Transportation

Take the Green Line Light Rail, exiting at the East Bank Station.