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Using the Minnesota Historical Society Library: Using the Library Online

MNHS Library Online

Several services from the MNHS Library are available online, including: 

  • Library Catalog
    Search the catalog for books, articles, maps, manuscript and state archive collections.  This short video tutorial provides information on how to use the catalog.   
  • Collections Online
    Digital database of photographs, artifacts, historical records, maps and atlases, oral histories, art, paintings, sound recordings.


Phone & Email Reference

The MNHS Library also offers phone and email reference.  

Our phone reference desk is staffed during all the library's open hours.  You can contact us at 

You can also contact us with a reference question via email.

Research Services

The Minnesota Historical Society Library offers a variety of research services. A fee is charged for all research performed by staff.

Popular research services and orders include:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage Records
  • Obituaries
  • Naturalization Records
  • Court Case and Will Records
  • State Hospital Records
  • Prison Records
  • Military Records

Click here for a detailed list of all available research services, prices, and how to order

Ordering a Photograph

For images found in the Collections Online database, click the 'Buy' button and follow the instructions.

To order photographs from manuscripts and other collections, use the Image Order Form.

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Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm • Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm • Sunday & Monday: Closed • Holiday Hours