Prepare for your visit

NOTICE: All University Libraries are closed until further notice. Many items in our physical collections are temporarily available in full-text online to U of M faculty, staff, and students. We are extending the due dates for all items and we are not charging overdue fines.

Online library services and resources during COVID-19: Undergraduates | Graduate students | Faculty and staff

The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is open to the public. Researchers and visitors from outside of the University of Minnesota are welcome. 

All appointments will be provided online while library buildings are closed. 


Appointments are welcome and encouraged. Make an appointment with the library in advance to ensure that materials can be retrieved from our secure storage area prior to your visit. Staff usually cannot retrieve materials while you wait.

Appointments outside of operating hours are subject to staff availability and should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Request online appointment

Directions, parking, and public transportation

Building access

Identification is required for entry into designated health sciences buildings, including the Wangensteen Historical Library in Diehl Hall.   

Locating materials

Our library catalog features a robust collection search where you can narrow results by names, topics and more. To view materials, please contact us in advance with a list of items that you would like to see and include a call number, title, or author. Please make an appointment to discuss artifacts and objects.

If you have a general research question but aren’t sure how to get started or conduct a search, we are happy to consult with you.

Work space

The reading room is kept cool to protect the historical materials. Bring a sweater or layered clothing for warmth.


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