Welcome to the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections researcher information pages. These pages will help you get started with general research tips and information about how to find sources in Archives and Special Collections.
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You are encouraged to consult with staff members about your research. For information about the collections or to make an appointment, please contact a staff member in one of the archives or special collections units.
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.
The books, manuscripts, and artifacts in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Minnesota Libraries are among the most valuable cultural documents available anywhere. These materials range from four thousand year old Babylonian clay tablets to the latest illustrated children's books.
Our regular hours are 8:30 - 4:30, Monday through Friday, however due to class meetings, group presentations and special events, the reading room may be closed. To confirm hours for a particular day, please contact the Bell at 612.624.1528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to accept appointments outside posted hours, including evenings and weekends, subject to staff availability and building hours.
The following closures have been scheduled and are subject to change:
Thursday, November 27: University Closed
Friday, November 28: University Closed
The Libraries have two locations with carrels, Wilson Library (West Bank) and Magrath Library (St. Paul Campus). Magrath Library has a limited number of carrels (nine) for faculty and graduate students. Carrels are intended to provide study space for projects/research work, for which library material is needed. Carrels are not intended to serve as offices, conference rooms, storage space or offices for teaching/research assistants.
Project Update: Students and staff have been trained, procedures finalized, and we've already reviewed more than 200 books and located 200 maps!