Library Hours

The Gale Family Library is open for in-person research

Thursday: 10am to 4pm 
Friday: 10am to 4pm 
Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Library staff also assist researchers via phone, email, virtual viewings, and other distance services.

2023 Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. We will be open on Saturday, November 25, from 10am-4pm. 

The library will be open regular hours from 10am-4pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the month of December. 

For same-day research

  • You can arrive anytime we are open on a given day. (Note: we do stop pulling materials from the stacks 30 minutes before we close.)
  • Stop at the Reference Desk for a table–open research stations and equipment are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, so they cannot be guaranteed.
  • To request materials in advance or hold materials for another day, please make an appointment.

To make an appointment in advance

Use our online self-service system to make your own appointment up to 24 hours before the start time. Or call us and we can help (651-259-3300). 

Advantages of appointments

  • Items can be waiting at your table when you arrive!  
    • Use the link in your confirmation email to request up to 3 items in advance.
  • Save waiting time on your next visit by holding materials for a future date/time.
  • Guarantee a table/station in the research room of your choice
    • Reserve a specific type of microfilm machine (scanner, printer) or a dedicated computer-only station
  • Receive direct email communication in cases of unplanned closures like winter weather.  
  • Specify if you have particular needs for your workstation (near an electrical outlet, accessible table, number of chairs at your table)--we’ll do our best to accommodate
  • Help with library preparation by Indicating if you will be working with oversized materials, photographic negatives, institutional records, legislative research, etc.  

If you have a research emergency (e.g. an immediate court filing deadline) and cannot find a research time that will work for you, please call 651-259-3300. We will do our best to help you through either an in-person research visit or a distance option.

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See our research self-help page for quick answers to the most commonly asked questions.