Hours | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Hours | Wisconsin Historical Society

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General Information

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

Library & 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


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


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


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

Historic Preservation Office 

Our hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 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

To schedule an appointment:

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

Scheduled Closures

The chart below reflects our typical schedule for 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
May 25Library Reading Room closing at 3:30pm 
(stacks close at 3pm)
Special Event
May 28 -
May 30
ClosedMemorial Day Weekend
July 2 -
July 4
ClosedIndependence Day Weekend
July 16Library Reading Room closing at 2:30pm 
(stacks close at 2pm)
Special Event
3 - 5
ClosedLabor Day Weekend