Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Hours & Closings

NOTICE:  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the James Ford Bell Library is closed until further notice. We will post updates as they are available on our home page and on our Facebook page.  Thank you for your patience.


Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-in service ends at 4:00 p.m.

Closed for all University holidays

Appointments are both welcome and encouraged. Appointments, especially outside of regular hours, are subject to staff availability and are usually restricted to Andersen Library Building Hours. Requests should be made at least a week in advance.



The Bell Library is located on the ground floor of the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the west bank University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Our address: 222-21st Av S, Suite 15, Minneapolis, MN 55455  Note: Don’t confuse us with the Bell Museum of Natural History, which is on the St. Paul campus!

Maps and Driving Directions:

For parking information, call: University of Minnesota Parking Services: 626-PARK


Now that you know where we are and when to arrive, plan your visit.