Visiting the Archives
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)
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 8-5 Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 8-7 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.
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
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.)
Additional visitor information
Housing/Dining options nearby (courtesy of the Immigration History Research Center)
Scroll down the page for information about the various housing and dining options nearby.
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.
Metro Bus Transportation: Metro Transit bus Routes 16 and 50 run from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul via University and Washington Avenues; stops on Washington Avenue immediately west of the Mississippi River (at Willey Hall -- adjacent to Andersen Library or at Anderson Hall -- across the pedestrian plaza from Andersen Library). Bus fare is $1.75 for a round trip transfer good for 2-1/2 hours ($2.25 during rush hours). (See also: metro transit and Route 52 commuter service)
Light Rail: Light-rail service connects Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis. This link brings you to the University’s Parking and Transportation Services website to look for connections to and from the University campus which be made by means of a transfer to a Metro Transit bus (Routes 3, 16, or 50) at the Downtown East/Metrodome Station. Fares and instructions for where to get on and off the bus on campus are the same as those listed in the bus information above.