Prepare for your visit


Onsite appointments are temporarily unavailable.

Materials from the Wangensteen Historical Library are available by appointment. Initial consultations will be held remotely by phone or online during the phased reopening of the Libraries due to COVID-19. 

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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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