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

Wisconsin Historical Society

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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
Email: asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org
Website: www.wisconsinhistory.org

Library Hours

Librarians and archivists are available to help you explore our collections documenting the history of North America. Our hours are subject to change based on the University of Wisconsin-Madison academic calendar. See the scheduled closures section below.

Fall and Spring Semester Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 9 pm
Friday and Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
Sunday and Major Holidays - Closed
 
Summer Hours (Mid-May to early September)
Monday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm
Friday and Saturday 8 am-5 pm
Sunday closed
 

Access to the Microforms Room and book stacks ends 30 minutes before closing time. 

Archives Hours

Hours subject to change based on the University of Wisconsin-Madison academic calendar.
See the scheduled closures section below.

Mon - Fri, 8 am-5 pm
Sat, 9 am-4 pm
Sunday and Major Holidays - Closed

Retrieval Hours for Archives Collections

Hours subject to change based on the University of Wisconsin-Madison academic calendar.
See the scheduled closures section below.

Mon - Fri, 9 am-12:00 pm, and 1 pm-4 pm
Sat, 9 am-4 pm
(Note: Limited paging during the lunch hour.)
Sunday and Major Holidays - Closed

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 is currently open but will have limited hours through April 11, 2020 at least. We do encourage you to continue to check our website, social media pages and our google business hours for any changes. 

Library:

March 16-20, 2020

Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

CLOSED on Saturday, March 21, 2020

March 23 - April 11, 2020 

Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday’s 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

CLOSED ON SATURDAYS

Archives:

March 16- April 11, 2020

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

CLOSED ON SATURDAYS

The public can still access many of our library and archives resources online through wisconsinhistory.org. 

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 11Summer Hours Begin 
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: