Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102



Library Hours

Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Holiday Hours


$6 per day

Using the Library

Collections OnlineTimepieces

Catalog Search
Research Collections

Accessing and Purchasing Audio/Video Materials

Purchasing media copies

Customers can purchase personal copies of media via our Digital Media Service.  To submit a Media Duplication Service request, please order in our online shop.  After you submit your request, staff will contact you within 5 business days of your request with the total cost and next steps.
  • Costs are calculated using the chart below
  • Shipping fees are included in the quoted price
  • MNHS Members receive 10% discount at checkout

Original Media Type: Fee (per item):
Cassettes, CDs, reel-to-reel, VHS $25
Already digitized film, audio, and oral histories $15
Film prints (16mm)
$50 for standard mp4 file
$100 for high-res mov file


Watching movies or listening to recordings at the Library

Researchers can currently listen to and watch DVDs, VHS, reel-to-reel, cassette, CD, and digital audio formats at the Gale Family Library.  In an effort to minimize damage and preserve the materials in our collection, researchers may only use access copies and not the original items. 

Viewing/Listening to an Access Copy at the Library

Many items already have an access copy available anytime the library is open.  Advance notice is not needed for items already digitized or available for use on CD and DVD.  Look for the phrase "Use Copy" in the location line of the catalog record or finding aid.

Ordering an Access Copy to Use at the Library

If an access copy does not already exist, researchers can request one for use in the Library reading room at no charge. In general, a four-week period is needed to convert original materials, but it may take longer depending on the quantity requested and other circumstances. In cases where the request cannot be fulfilled, you will be notified by email. To submit a request for an access copy, please complete the web form below.

Order Form for Access Copy


Note: If you need an access copy in less than four weeks, you can submit a Rush request.  Rush requests MUST be submitted by phone, can take up to 10 business days to complete, and will cost $25.  Please call 651-259-3300 during regular library hours; do not leave a message.  Rush access copies are still only available for use in the Reading Room and these orders will not be initiated until we have received payment.


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