In-Person Research Appointments

Researchers can make an in-person appointment in the self-service system, using any computer or mobile device. 

Make a Reading Room Appointment
Accessing physical collection materials and using computers (,, etc.)

Make a Microfilm Appointment
Using machines to view newspapers, death certificates, and other microfilmed materials 

If you don't know which type of appointment would work best for you: Please call us at 651-259-3300


Advanced appointments are currently:


  • Not required but strongly recommended 

    • Walk-in appointments can be made onsite, but are subject to availability.
    • NEW! Advance appointments close in this self service system 24 hours before the start of the appointment time.  
    • To make an advance appointment within 24 hours of the start-time, call 651-259-3300.  
  • NEW! Researchers should arrive within the first 30 minutes of their appointment time or contact us that they will be late.  

    • Similar to a restaurant reservation, if you are more than 30 minutes late and haven’t contacted us, we will open your table/station to walk-ins
    • If you are not able to make your appointment, please cancel using the link in your confirmation email or call us.  This will open up your space to another researcher!
  • Offered on:
    • Thursday afternoon
    • Friday morning and afternoon
    • Saturday morning and afternoon
  • Specific to one room (Reading Room or Microfilm)
    • You cannot make simultaneous appointments in both spaces in the self-service system.  
    • If you complete work in one room and would like to use the other, please ask staff to see if there are available stations. 
  • Opened on a rolling basis, several weeks in advance.
  • Offered as individual appointments or appointments for 2 or 3 people 
    • Note: Each appointment is for one station/table, and all researchers on the appointment will be looking at the exact same materials.  If you plan to work separately, please make separate appointments with different email addresses.  
  • Researchers can currently make a maximum of 3 appointments per week in the self-service system
    • If you have a research emergency that would necessitate more than 3 appointments in the same week, please contact staff (651-259-3300) 
  • Researchers can come and go during their appointment time (for breaks, etc.).
  • Research stations are scheduled with back-to-back appointments.  Morning-only researchers must depart their station by 1pm and afternoon researchers should not arrive early.  Library staff will provide time warnings, so that morning researchers can be finished and packed up before the next appointment begins.  

If there are no open/available appointment slots (all appointment blocks are red, rather than green), this means that all appointments have already been claimed by other researchers.   

If you have a true research emergency (e.g. an immediate court filing deadline) and cannot find an appointment time, call us at 651-259-3300.  We will do our best to help you. 

If you do not have an emergency, please check the scheduling site again; if a researcher cancels their appointment it will open back up for another researcher to claim.      

Looking for a full-day appointment?

You can make up to two appointments per week. 

If you would like a full-day appointment, just sign up for two consecutive appointments!   

Library Hours

Thursday afternoons, Fridays, and Saturdays: By appointment