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
 
Special Event Schedule Hours
Friday, October 6: Open 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (stacks close at 4:00)
Wednesday, October 11: Open 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (stacks close at 4:00)
Saturday, October 28: Open 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (stacks close at 2:30)
Saturday, November 4: Open 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM (stacks close at 3:00)
 

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
Dec 23-25ClosedChristmas
Dec 26-298 am - 5 pmUW Winter Break
Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018ClosedNew Year
Jan 2-208 am - 5 pm  UW Winter Break
Jan 13-15Closed M.L. King Day
Mar 26-31 8 am - 5 pmUW Spring Break
May 14Summer Hours Begin 
May 26-28ClosedMemorial Day
Jul 4ClosedIndependence Day
Sep 1-3ClosedLabor Day
Sep 4Summer Hours End  
Nov 218 am - 5 pmDay Before Thanksgiving
Nov 22ClosedThanksgiving
Dec 22-25ClosedChristmas
Dec 26-288 am - 5 pmUW Winter Break
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019ClosedNew Year

Have Questions?

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