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Wilson Library

University of Minnesota, West Bank

309 19th Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wilson Library is open to all University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff, as well as to members of the public. For a complete list of the borrowing privileges available for affiliates and non-affiliates of the University of Minnesota, see our Borrowing & Fines policies.

Traveling to Wilson

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.

For information on arriving via the Green Line or bus, please visit the Metro Transit website.


Read the libraries services page about accessibility in Wilson Library for information about access to the building. Check out the adaptive technology room page for information about software and hardware available for anyone needing assistance using a computer.

Guest Computer Use

All visitors are invited to stop by the first floor service desk to sign up for a guest computer pass by presenting a valid government issued photo ID. This pass will give the visitor up to two hours of computer access per day and is valid for six months at any of the University of Minnesota Libraries. After six months the card may be renewed with library staff.

Visitors may use library computers to access our electronic resources while using library computer workstations. This includes journal articles, e-books, and more.A catalog-only computer is available in the reference room on the first floor. This computer allows anyone to search only the library catalog without needing to log in.

Guest users cannot use computers in the Periodicals room in the basement, which are reserved for students. All other computers are available.

Additional visitor computer access is available by joining the Friends of the Libraries or qualifying for a Special Borrowing Privileges card. For questions about eligibility for each kind of card, contact the borrowing privileges and fines office.

Visiting Researchers

All visitors are welcome to look at materials in the building. Visiting researchers wishing to borrow materials are encouraged to contact the borrowing privileges and fines office prior to visiting. Depending on the scope of research, contacting the appropriate subject librarian is also recommended to ensure necessary materials are available.

Library Policies

Visitors to the Wilson Library are expected to adhere to the policies of the University of Minnesota Libraries