Take a break with the Libraries! Our collections and spaces include more than just research materials.

Leisure reading

Hit the books for fun and check out our popular reading, cookbook, and online newspaper collections.

Popular reading collections

Wilson Library’s McCollister Collection & Walter Library popular literature for browsing.


The Kirschner Collection in Magrath Library has cookbooks and recipes from 1890-present. Explore recipes online, or visit the collection in person.

Popular newspapers online

New York Times, Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal.

Need some ideas?

Book matchmaking service

Go on a blind date with a book! Fill out a short form and in a few days, one of our librarians will recommend some books to match your answers.

Read This Book

University of Minnesota librarians review all types of books in this popular video series.

Can't find what you want?

Use Interlibrary Loan to get books from other libraries, or explore offerings at Hennepin or Ramsey County libraries.

Explore our spaces

The Libraries are more than just books! Visit our twelve locations to explore how the Libraries can support your hobbies and interests in addition to your research.


3D printers, sewing machines, & electronics equipment. Available in Walter and Health Sciences.


Our award-winning exhibits can be found across our locations. Visit in-person, or browse some of our past exhibits online.


The Libraries do not hold a specific genealogy collection but do have many useful materials, both in person and online.