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Identification requirements for access to Health Sciences, Wangensteen libraries

U of M students, faculty, and staff required identification and entrances

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.

General public required identification and entrances

Visitors to the Health Sciences buildings (including the libraries in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building and Health Sciences Education Center) who are not affiliated with the U of M must:

  1. present a valid government-issued photo identification (ID),

  2. present evidence of a confirmed appointment OR present a Libraries access card, and

  3. use designated public entrances.

Visitors are encouraged to review the Health Sciences and Wangensteen Historical Library building access and directions prior to their visit.

Access to materials in library buildings

Visitors may access physical materials (books, journals, videos) within library buildings. Current students, faculty, and staff may check out materials using their U of M identification card. Learn about borrowing options for visitors on our borrowing privileges page.

We encourage visitors to contact the specific library of interest prior their visit, especially when planning group visits. Doing so helps us provide you with the best possible research experience. If you are not sure where to start, please contact Wilson Reference at (612) 624-3321 or email at

Request materials from the MLAC storage facility using the MLAC paging request form.

Access to computers and online resources

Current University of Minnesota--Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff have unlimited access to library computers.

All visitors are invited to stop by a library service desk to sign up for computer workstation card by presenting a valid government issued photo ID. This card will give the visitor up to two hours of computer access per day and is valid for one year. After one year the card may be renewed with library staff.

Catalog-only computers are available in selected library locations and are intended to offer users quick catalog searches without requiring any type of guest user registration.

Additional visitor computer access is available by joining the Friends of the Libraries or qualifying for a special borrowing privileges card.

Visitors may use library computers to access most of our licensed indexes and databases and electronic books while using library computer workstations. Visitors are expected to abide by University Libraries policies.

Off-site access to online resources

Due to licensing restrictions, off-site access to online resources is only available to current University of Minnesota--Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.

Minnesota residents can take advantage of the Electronic Library of Minnesota for journal articles, ebooks, and more.