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

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
December 24-25ClosedChristmas
December 23, 26-28, 308 am - 5 pmUW Winter Break
Dec. 31, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020ClosedNew Year
January 2-178 am - 5 pmUW Winter Break
January 18-20Closed M.L. King Day
March 16-218 am - 5 pmUW Spring Break
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: