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COVID-19 Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society
As of July 6 in accordance with current state guidelines, our Headquarters building will be open to the public Monday - Friday 8am to 4:30pm. Individual department hours vary. 

For information on accessing our services at Headquarters see below. 

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. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Library and Archives

Beginning on June 1, 2021 our hours will be Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm, appointments are no longer necessary. In addition to our in person services, we also provide a number of virtual services. Please continue reading for information on these options.

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

In Person Services

Services Offered Monday - Thursday, 9am - 4pm.

Library

  • Collections Access
  • Reading Room
  • Research Assistance
  • Circulation Service

Archives

  • Collections Access
  • Reading Room
  • Research Assistance

Guidelines for Access

  • If you're vaccinated you are not required to wear a mask, but may if you prefer. If you are not vaccinated, continue to wear a mask.
  • 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

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

Beginning on June 1, 2021 our hours will be Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm, appointments are strongly recommended but not required.

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 

  • If you're vaccinated you are not required to wear a mask, but may if you prefer. If you are not vaccinated, continue to wear a mask.
  • If you are not feeling well, please plan to visit us at another time and email our staff to cancel or reschedule your appointment. 
  • For the safety of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff and the public, 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.