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Historic Library

Web Ref Library Main Floor 6669

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 that are accessible to the public during our regular business hours, pending Hill Center programs or closures due to private rentals.

For historic research requests, email info@jjhill.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.

To learn more about the Hill Membership and other Hill Center programs and services, we encourage you to make an appointment.

James J. Hill Center Usage Policy

Please note that the James J. Hill Center is not affiliated with the Minnesota Historical Society or the James J. Hill House.


Patrons with accessibility needs please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit.

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