Check out 'Irish Days' at the library on the second Saturday of every month for classes on Irish genealogy and research. See Activities for details, and register for classes in our Store.
On Irish Saturdays, the volunteers in the library are Irish researchers who can provide informed volunteer direction and feedback on your Irish research. They will work with you to review and guide your research on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
The IGSI collection includes Irish-specific surname and history books, Irish cemetery transcriptions, church and government records, and more. Find maps showing all divisions of land in Ireland, including the townlands.
To search for materials in the IGSI collection, check the library catalog (opens in a new window - we share a catalog with the Minnesota Genealogical Society).
The library’s 10 computers provide access to electronic resources, such as Findmypast, Ancestry, and other online databases. Or bring your own laptop and use the library’s wifi connection to investigate new resources.
If you cannot visit on Irish Saturday, but would like to have some assistance or guidance by an Irish researcher when you do come to town, contact the Librarian before coming, to set up a time to meet at the library.
The William J Hoffman Library and Research Center is a "research" facility. Materials are for onsite reference use only -- they are not lent out. However, a copy machine and a film printer are provided for your convenience. The library is free to members of IGSI and MGS-associated genealogical societies; non-members are charged a fee. ($10 per day - non-members.)
Before visiting the library, check the online catalog for materials related to your research. Or check WorldCat to see if a particular title you need for your research is available at the library.
The William J Hoffman Library is located at
Minnesota Genealogy Center
1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
Phone: (651) 330-9312
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Occasionally, the library is closed or may close early due to poor weather or lack of volunteers.
If you will be coming to the library from out of town and wish assistance at the library, please contact the Librarian.