COVID-19 Updates: The Wisconsin Historical Society hours have changed. See a full list of COVID-19 Closures and Events HERE.

Wisconsin Historical Society

General Information


For Headquarters, Library, Archives and Program Offices

Library and Archives Hours | Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society's headquarters building (map) is located on Library Mall of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. We are free and open to the public.

Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608-264-6535

Library Updates

On Monday, June 29 the Wisconsin Historical Society Library will start offering requested items from the library for those who have a UW-Madison ID or a Wisconsin Historical Society library card.

To request items patrons should visit the library’s catalog at and request the item they need. All items that are available will be listed as “requestable”.

Patrons will pick up items at the UW - Madison Memorial Library and not at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.

For questions, please contact the library directly at We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience.  

Library Hours

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the library is closed until further notice.

Archives Hours

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the archives are closed until further notice.

Scheduled Closures

In response to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of our staff and guests, the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives closed until further notice. We do encourage you to continue to check our website, social media pages and our google business hours for any changes. You can still access many of our library and archives resources online through

The chart below shows when the Library's hours are shortened, and when the Library and Archives are closed for holidays and other events. This schedule may change without notice. Before traveling to Madison to use our collections, please call 608-264-6534 to confirm operating hours.

DateChange to ScheduleReason
January 2-178 am - 5 pmUW Winter Break
January 18-20Closed M.L. King Day
March 68am - 4 pmSpecial Event
March 16- April 11See Section AboveUW Spring Break & Corona
May 11See Section Above 
May 23-25ClosedMemorial Day
July 4ClosedIndependence Day
September 1Summer Hours End 
September 5-7ClosedLabor Day
November 258 am - 5 pmDay Before Thanksgiving
Nov 26ClosedThanksgiving
Dec 21-23, 28-308 am - 5 pmUW Winter Break
Dec 24-27ClosedChristmas
Dec 31, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021ClosedNew Year

Have Questions?

Contact our Library and Archives staff at 608-264-6535 or by email below: