Most of the Archives and Special Collections units located in the Elmer L. Andersen Library are on the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The University campus is approximately one mile from downtown Minneapolis and eight miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. There are nearby stops for city buses, airport hotel shuttles, and light rail. There is a pay parking lot next to the library and parking ramps within 1-3 blocks.
For Libraries not in Andersen, check here
Getting to our building (E. L. Andersen Library) 222 – 21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455 We have found that many GPS units do not accurately place our building on their maps. These are very clear maps with excellent driving directions. Map and Directions to Andersen Library (PDF) (use these directions for small deliveries and passenger drop-off) Delivery Truck Driving Directions to the Andersen/MLAC Loading Dock (PDF) (use these directions for large deliveries)
Parking Link to a Map and Directions for Andersen Parking For further parking information, call: University of Minnesota Parking Services: 612-626-PARK
Elmer L. Andersen Library building hours The building is open 8-4:30 Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 8-7:00 Wednesday and Thursday. Hours for individual units may vary.
Archives and Special Collections Reading Room Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Check with individual Archives and Special Collections libraries for office hours.
Libraries not in the Elmer L. Andersen Library building:
The James Ford Bell Library The Bell Library is located on the 4th floor of Wilson Library on the west bank University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. 309-19th Av So, Suite 472, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (See the campus map link above for more detailed information.) Note: Don’t confuse with the Bell Museum, which is on the east bank!
Andersen Horticultural Library The Andersen Horticultural Library is located off-campus at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. The Library is housed on the main floor of the Leon C. Snyder Building. Andersen Horticultural Library University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Drive Chaska, MN 55318 ( 612) 301-1239 Map and driving directions to the Andersen Horticultural Library
Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine The Wangensteen Historical Library is located on the Twin Cities Campus, in 568 Diehl Hall on the East Bank. (See the campus map above for more detailed information.)
Public Transportation/other transportation To/From Airport: Airport shuttle services (this links to SuperShuttle) provide transport to and from most hotels for about $16.00 one way ($25-30 round trip). The Holiday Inn Metrodome, only 2 blocks away, is often a convenient dropoff/pickup point for people, as is the Mondale Law Building. Taxi fare is about $25-30. See below for information about light-rail service to and from the airport.
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