Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102



Library Hours

Temporarily closed.


$6 per day

Using the Library

Collections OnlineTimepieces

Research Services

The Minnesota Historical Society Library offers a variety of research services. A fee is charged for all research performed by staff. For more information on specific services and how to order, use the links below or contact the Library (via email).

Search Online Yourself

Use the Minnesota People Records Search to find and order copies of specific records online. Visit the About the Records/Help page for more information and search tips.  

  • Birth Records delivered via email — Currently available
  • Death Records delivered via email — Currently available 
  • State Census Records View and Print records for free 
  • World War I Gold Star Rolls View and Download/Print records for free 
  • Veterans' Grave Registration Records delivered via US Mail — Temporarily unavailable

Copy Requests 

Please visit our Copy Requests page for more information about this service.


Basic Research Requests  

Currently Available

The links below will take you to our online store for more information and ordering:


Temporarily Unavailable

The following basic research services are temporarily unavailable but we hope to bring them back soon:

Discontinued Research Services

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Currently available

MNHS makes items available for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) on a limited basis. Items available include most of our newspaper and microfilmed manuscript collections, Minnesota State Archives records, city directories and county atlases. 
If you are interested in borrowing MNHS materials through Interlibrary Loan, please contact your local public or university library for assistance. They will serve as the borrower on your behalf and can help you with their procedures.  Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for more information on our ILL policies.

Independent Researchers

Once the library reopens, patrons needing additional help with complex or broad-based research can consult the list of Independent Researchers who are familiar with our collections. Any service agreements are solely between the patron and the hired researcher. 
Note: No researchers — including independent contract researchers — will have access to on-site collections materials until the library reopens.