Prepare for your visit


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Directions, parking, and public transportation

Building access

Current University students, faculty, and staff can gain library access through any building entrance with a card reader using a valid U Card, Fairview badge, or M Health badge.

At this time, only current U of M students, staff, and faculty may use our spaces. Check Hennepin County Libraries or other public libraries.

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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