Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102



Library Hours

Temporarily closed.


$6 per day

Using the Library

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Class Visits to the Library

We welcome visits by classes of students from middle school through college, as well as other community or professional groups who are interested in learning more about Minnesota history research with our collections. To make your visit pleasant and productive, there is a limit of 30 people per group.


Setting Up a Visit*


1. Check Library hours (left sidebar) to plan your visit date and time. Note: The Library is always closed on Sundays and Mondays.

  • In order to ensure staff and space availability, please contact us about your proposed date and time in advance of other arrangements (transportation, museum tickets, permission slips, etc.)


2. Consider your group’s objectives or goals for the visit.

  • Our collections have a Minnesota focus. People researching topics not involving Minnesota, its citizens, or its perspectives on the larger world may want to try a different source.
  • Structured Learning: Librarians are able to offer the following basic experience(s) as part of a group visit. Please allow approximately 30 minutes for each component or 75 minutes for all three:
    • Library 101 Orientation: tour of the microfilm and reading rooms; basic overview of collections and how they are organized and accessed; review of resources, equipment, and services in each location
    • How to Search for Things: Instruction on using the library and archives catalog, Collections Online, and/or other search tools. This experience can be customized based on your group’s topic(s), level of research experience, and other needs.
    • Show and Tell from the Collections: librarians will pull 5 to 7 different types of materials related to a particular theme to give your group a sense of our holdings and what can be learned from them.
  • Hands-on Research Time: Groups are welcome to have independent research time during a visit.
    • Those without prior experience in our library should select a Library 101 Orientation as a part of their research visit.
    • Groups with research objectives should schedule at least 2 hours in the Library, to allow for material delivery and adequate time with the resources.


3. Let us know when you are coming so we can be ready for your group! Email us using our Class Visit Form or call us (651-259-3300) at least 2 weekdays before you plan to bring in your class.

  • Groups requesting lesson customization or Show and Tell should contact us at least a week before their planned visit.


4. If you will be doing hands-on research, request materials before your class arrives. This will minimize initial wait times for your group members.

  • Search the Library Catalog to identify books, manuscripts, or archival materials you would like to see. If you are having trouble finding materials in the catalog, please watch this helpful video.
  • For group visits there is a 2 item per person limit on advance material requests. Fill out call slips, scan, and email them to at least two business days before your arrival.


5. You will receive a confirmation of your class visit reservation. It will include information about pre-visit resources, day-of-visit procedures, and contact information for the staff member working directly with your group.



* MNHS Library Group Visits are free of charge, however they are separate from the paid museum field trip experiences. If you are interested in visiting the Museum, please visit the Field Trips page to make arrangements for group admission.


Pre-Visit Research Resources

Research Guides: Subject guides, how-tos, and other resources. The most general guides that will be useful for teachers and students are:

Minnesota History Magazine articles online: Check the index for articles of interest (downloadable PDFs).


MNopedia: an online encyclopedia with reliable information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.


Tutorial videos: helpful instructions on researching in our library. Most useful for teachers and students is: