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

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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 (651-259-3300 or via email).


Copy Requests


If you cannot--or do not want to--visit the Library, staff can make photocopies or low resolution PDF scans of specific materials and send them to you via US Mail or email. Please visit our Copy Request page for more information and the request form.

Note: Copy Request services are not available while the Library is closed.  For more information, please see our Library Closure Information page.  


Basic Research Requests  


We offer a variety of basic research services. The links below will take you to our online store system, where you can get more information on the specific type of service and also submit a request.

While the Library is closed, the following service is available:

The following services are not currently available, but they will return when the Library reopens:


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 US Mail--Not available during while Library is closed.
  • Veterans' Grave Registration Records delivered via US Mail--Not available during while Library is closed.
  • State Census Records View and Print records for free 
  • World War I Gold Star Rolls View and Download/Print records for free 


Discontinued Research Services


Other Research Request Options

For research topics that do not fall within the Copy Request or Basic Research Request categories listed above, three other options are available.


Visit the Library

Researchers can search for and locate materials on site, with assistance from Library staff if desired. Photocopy orders may be placed at a charge of 25¢ or 35¢ per page, depending on paper size. Same-day copies are possible depending on how busy the copy center is. There is a 50 page maximum limit on same-day orders. Photocopy orders may also be mailed with additional shipping and handling fees depending on the size of the order. For more details on visiting the library, please see our Using the Library


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The Minnesota Historical Society participates in Interlibrary Loan (ILL) on a limited basis. Most microfilmed items are available for loan if we have a master negative of the film. This includes the majority of our newspaper collection and most microfilmed manuscript collections, Minnesota State Archives records, city directories and county atlases. Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for more information on our ILL policies.

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.

Interlibrary Loan services are currently unavailable.  They will return when the Library reopens.  

Independent Researchers

The Library is not able to provide any general, complex or broad-based research services. For research services that do not fall within the options listed above, please consult the list of Independent Researchers who are familiar with our collections. Any agreement for research must be solely between the patron and the contract researcher.

As of 3/14/2020, the Library is closed to the public.  No researchers will have access to on-site collections materials until the Library reopens.