The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is a University of Minnesota special collection that is open to the public and we welcome researchers and visitors from outside of the University. The library is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Spanning from the mid-15th to the mid-20th century, the collection covers topics such as anatomy & physiology, surgery, nutrition, nursing, botany, and natural history. 

Every year the Wangensteen Historical Library organizes an exhibit using books and artifacts from the collection. Past exhibits have covered topics such as Health and Illness in Downton Abbey and Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy. Visiting these exhibits is free of charge and we welcome individuals and groups.

Drop-in visits are welcome for both course-related and non-course-related groups, though you may also email the library at to set up a specialized group visit.  To search our collection, use our online catalog.

Review our Plan your Visit page for information about directions, public transportation, and parking.

Visitors to the Wangensteen Library's Reading Room