The reading room is currently open Thursday – Saturday by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To make the most of your research time, the archivist will discuss your research goals with you when you make your appointment. Please consider whether you need to consult resources in person before making a request to visit. Some research can be accomplished by email as well as in person.
If you are interested in self-directed research that does not involve archival materials here are some of the resources we provide:
- Card catalog for archival collections and library materials
- Sanborn fire insurance maps
- Clipping files
- City directories
- Reference books on Hennepin County
- Maps and atlases
The library has one computer station available for use with free access to Ancestry.com and newspapers.com as well as a scanner/copy machine (with a small printing fee).
Make Your Own History
The Research Library and Archives is currently seeking stories from Hennepin County residents regarding their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your story will contribute to the broader understanding to the history of Hennepin County during this time.