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COVID-19 Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society

General Information

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society
For information on accessing our services at Headquarters see below. 

For information on exceptions to our hours (e.g. for holidays and private events) please review our Scheduled Closures

For information on our Historic Sites and Museums click here.

As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change and individual deparmtent hours vary. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Library and Archives

Library Reading RoomM - TH: 8 AM -7 PM | F: 8 AM - 5 PM | Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM | Closed Sundays
Archives Reading Room: M - F: 8 AM - 5 PM | Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM | Closed Sundays
For information on exceptions to our hours (e.g. for holidays and private events) please review our Scheduled Closures

We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience. You can also email questions to our library and archives staff at asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org or askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org

Guidelines for Access

To protect your safety and ours:

  • You are required to wear a face mask while inside the building regardless of vaccination status. 
  • If you are not feeling well, please plan to visit us at another time.
  • If you are visiting the Archives, review our Archives Reading Room Policies to ensure you are prepared for your visit. 

Virtual Services

In addition to our in person services, we also provide a number of virtual services including:

Pick-Up Access to Collections

The Wisconsin Historical Society Library is fulfilling 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 library.wisc.edu 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 asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org.

For questions and FAQs regarding UW library services please click here

Historic Preservation

Our hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm, appointments are strongly recommended but not required.
For information on exceptions to our hours (e.g. for holidays and private events) please review our Scheduled Closures

In Person Services

All appointment requests must be accompanied by a full list of requested materials. Access to files and scheduling is subject to staff availability. 

For all other services visit us at wisconsinhistory.org/hp or email your request to askshpo@wisconsinhistory.org

Guidelines for Access 

To protect your safety and ours:

  • You are required to wear a face mask while inside the building regardless of vaccination status. 
  • If you are not feeling well, please plan to visit us at another time and email our staff to cancel or reschedule your appointment. 
  • Only one consultant will be allowed in the SHPO Research Room at a time.
  • Please note that there is no access to the copy room. Notes or scans will have to be made with the consultant’s equipment, i.e. laptop or phone.

Microfilm Reproductions Lab

Due to staff limitations, the Wisconsin Historical Society Microfilm Reproductions Lab is not currently accepting new orders. We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible. Questions regarding the status of orders can be directed to john.friend@wisconsinhistory.org.

BIG History Is Happening

A big moment in history is happening right now. COVID-19 is having a major impact on all of our lives. While we work towards pre-pandemic access to in-person services, we encourage the public to explore our resources online, we have staff working behind the scenes to bring content and information through our different channels. Please sign up for our newsletter, follow us on facebook, and check out our BIG History Is Happening page

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through these changes and thank our members and guests for their continued support of the Wisconsin Historical Society.