Minnesota Genealogical Society

Library & Research Center

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The William J. Hoffman Library & Research Center (LRC) is located in Suite 218 at 1185 Concord Street North, in South St. Paul, Minnesota.  It is one of the top research facilities in the Midwest. Parking is free at the north and south ends of the building or across the street.
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Library hours

We will be closed if the Twin Cities metro area is under a Winter Storm Warning or a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch. The library will also be closed when there are no volunteers. Check the Volunteer Calendar.

2017 Hours
Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm
Thursdays 10 am - 4 pm & 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm
Days Closed in 2017
April 13-18, May 27-30, July 1-4, Sept. 2-5, Nov. 23-28, and Dec. 13 - Jan 2, 2018

We are closed if volunteers are not available.
Please check the Volunteer Calendar!

Library fees

Library admission is free to MGS, branch, and affiliate members; non-members are asked to pay a $10 day-use fee.
Library volunteers

Volunteers are needed to staff the library. Duties include opening and closing the library, answering the phone, and helping walk-in patrons find the materials they want. New volunteers are paired with an experienced volunteer to learn the ropes. No experience is necessary. Please consider regularly giving a few hours each month. Check the Volunteer Calendar. Thanks! We can't do it without you!

Library visitor information
The collection is the property of MGS, affiliates, and branches. It consists of over 30,000 books, periodicals and other items to help researchers.
Researchers are asked to register at the reception desk when arriving at the LRC and store briefcases and bags in lockers provided.
There is a lunchroom equipped with a refrigerator and microwave for the use of LRC patrons. A copy machine is provided; there is a minimal charge for copies.

The collection represents numerous nationalities and countries from Minnesota, the United States, and around the world.

The research area has state of the art computers, Internet and wireless access, microfiche and microfilm readers and printers.

There is a large variety of genealogical data installed on the library’s computers. The LRC has a vast collection of maps from around the world. Access to Ancestry and GenLines is provided at the LRC.
MGS accepts donations of materials to its collection. Please see our Donation Policy.