The James J. Hill Center opened in 1921 as the James J. Hill Reference Library and has remained a prominent fixture of the historic landscape of downtown St. Paul. Through our historic print collection, tours and exhibits, we share the narrative of James J. Hill’s entrepreneurial legacy and its impact on the individuals, companies and communities the library has touched.
The Reading Room and 2nd floor contain historic artifacts and exhibits accessible to the public during our regular business hours, pending Hill Center programs or closures due to private rentals.
For historic research requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your visit. Complex research requests may be considered eligible for our Premium Research Service options. Visitors looking for one-on-one research assistance with our print collection may consider a Hill Membership.
Please note that the James J. Hill Center is not affiliated with the Minnesota Historical Society or the James J. Hill House.