You are welcome and encouraged to consult with staff members about your research needs and procedural questions. We provide research service for on-site and remote researchers.  For information about the collection or to make an appointment please contact the Wangensteen Library.  To ask a reference question contact via email:

Research Services

Researchers unable to visit the Wangensteen library directly may request copies delivered by mail or electronically. You are encouraged to consult with staff members about your research needs and for clarification of procedures. Staff will help identify sources of information relevant to your interests but cannot undertake extensive research projects. In most cases, staff is only able to fill offsite research requests if they are sufficiently specific. In cases where research is required to identify relevant material, requesters will be referred to InfoNow, a fee based service for those who are not faculty, staff, or students of the University of Minnesota. Wangensteen staff can sometimes refer customers to an outside researcher for hire who establishes his or her own rates.

Specialized Research Assistance

Through consultations with our curatorial specialists, we provide in-depth reference assistance and help to develop productive research strategies. We support walk-in assistance for individuals, as well as telephone and on-line consultations via e-mail.

We encourage all researchers to take advantage of our staff's in-depth knowledge of the Wangensteen’ collections -  from undergraduates in need of primary sources, to thesis and dissertation candidates in search of untapped research opportunities, to faculty desiring to integrate rare and unique sources into their research and classroom instruction, to independent researchers on the trail of fresh material for their projects. To request individual assistance, click on the following link: research consultation contact.

University staff and faculty

We are happy to consult with faculty and instructors on curriculum and syllabus development. If you are considering incorporating primary source materials into your class, we can work with you to identify potential rare and unique resources, paper topics, and course reserves. Customized presentations and class orientations are available.

The Wangensteen staff has deep and specialized collection knowledge and can direct you to resources which contain the richest yield of information pertinent to your topic, allowing you to use your research time effectively. Wangensteen resources have been used for:

  • publications  (newsletters, magazines, journal articles, books)
  • course assignments and modules (print, power point)
  • programmatic uses (lecture series, conferences, awards)
  • exhibits (scholars walk, heritage gallery)
  • college and department histories (print, web-based)


Our collections are open to all students, not just those from the University of Minnesota. A research consultation will help you determine appropriate materials from the collection for use in your course work. To schedule a visit please contact the Wangensteen Library.

What to expect from your session:

  • Sessions that last about 15 minutes
  • Questions about your research topic ideas, if we understand the topic we may be able to recommend related topics and resources. Even if your research topic is undecided we can help you brainstorm and get started. We won’t do the research for you, but we’ll help you find what you need.
  • Help using resources, creating correct citations so others can follow up on your research. Making sure you understand copyright restrictions, permissions to quote or reproduce, and intellectual property laws.
  • Limitations on what we can do, we have many users asking for our help.

Getting the most out of your session

  • Come in early, the sooner you come in before a project is due, the more help you can receive.
  • Come prepared with copies of the assignment and any notes. The more information you have for us, the better we can serve you.
  • Plan your work. You may need to come in more than once as your research project develops.  If you come in at the last minute we may not be able to get the materials to you promptly or fill your duplication orders in time.
  • Make appointments in advance of the “last minute rush” at peak paper due-date times (such as mid-terms and finals).
  • If you have been through the course orientation, try doing preliminary searching to help refine your topic.