Wilson Library West Bank
Wilson Library, home of collections about the arts, humanities, social sciences, and other topical and regional collections.
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Directions and parking
Street, ramp, and lot parking are available around West Bank for a fee. Free parking may be found in the neighborhood on the south side of Riverside Ave near Augsburg College, or across Interstate 94 near the Cedar and Franklin intersection. The closest paid parking locations are the 21st Ave. Ramp and parking lot 84.
Find more information about getting to the library, including maps and bus routes, from University Parking and Transportation Services.
Nearest accessible parking is located in the 19th Avenue Ramp and the 21st Avenue Ramp.
There are two public entrances: one on first floor and one at the basement level. Both entrances have automatic doors. A basement tunnel connects Wilson Library to Blegen Hall, Carlson School of Management, Ferguson Hall, Humphrey Center, and Social Sciences Building.
Elevators are located in the center of the building and are wheelchair accessible.
Restrooms are located on all floors except the first floor. Basement level restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Wilson Library has no all gender restrooms. The nearest all gender restrooms are located in Heller Hall (room 919), and the Social Sciences Building (rooms 129, 177, 329, 529, 629, 667, 877, 997,1229, 1277, 1429, and 1477).
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Spaces in Wilson Library
Reservable spaces for groups and individual study.
Open study spaces are available throughout the building with a variety of seating options and styles.
The 1:Button Studios are fully automated HD video recording spaces with professional studio lighting and sound equipment. They are set up to record high-quality video projects without any knowledge of lights and cameras.
Located in the basement of Wilson Library, the shop has coffee, tea, and snacks with nearby tables for study or relaxation. Search Dine on Campus UMN for current hours and details.
The SMART Learning Commons hosts the SMART Peer Tutors and the Peer Research Consultants. Locations include Magrath, Walter, and Wilson Libraries, as well as online.
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Collections in Wilson Library
Wilson Library contains general collections in the humanities and social sciences. This library is also home to several regional and topical collections of distinction.
The Ames Library, in the sub-basement of Wilson Library, has information, collections, and services to support research and instruction for the countries of South Asia.
The East Asian Library, in the sub-basement of Wilson Library, holds over 160,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials. It is among the twenty largest East Asian collections in America.
The University of Minnesota Libraries provides access to government information both online and within library collections across campus.
The John R. Borchert Map Library, in the sub basement of Wilson Library, specializes in cartographic collections and geospatial services that support research and instruction. The Map Library also contains unique collections of cartographic materials related to Minnesota.
McCollister Collection for Contemporary Literature
The popular literature collection promotes reading for pleasure and personal enrichment and is housed near the main entrance of Wilson Library. It contains a base of 200 books and continually rotates to offer the most noted in-demand titles.
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