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Hours & Location

Our Hours:

Monday – Friday (excluding holidays*)
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Effective in 2021: The Naeseth Library will be open from 9 AM – 2 PM on the second Saturday of each month. Please call to make an appointment (608-255-2224)

NAGC members are welcome to visit Naeseth Library free of charge.
Non-members will be asked to pay the $15.00 Daily Use Fee.
Please call ahead to make an appointment, if you will need staff assistance.

If you are driving, please park in the lot behind the building or in the designated area on the side of building.

*To allow our staff to enjoy holidays with their families, we are closed: Good Friday, Memorial Day (observed), July 4th Independence Day, Labor Day (observed), Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Our Location:

415 West Main Street
Madison, WI 53703-3116

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The following hotels are all within a short walk to NAGC&NL:

  • DOUBLETREE HOTEL 525 W. Johnson Street, Madison WI 53703 (608-251-5511)
    5 blocks to NAGC&NL (There is a restaurant in the hotel)
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  • BEST WESTERN/INN ON THE PARK 22 S. Carroll Street, Madison WI (800-568-8520)
    3 blocks to NAGC&NL
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  • MADISON CONCOURSE 1 W. Dayton Street, Madison WI (800-356-8293)
    6 blocks to NAGC&NL
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  • HILTON/MONONA TERRACE 9 E. Wilson Street, Madison WI (608-255-5100)
    6 blocks to NAGC&NL
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There are several hotels/motels within a short drive of NAGC&NL:

  • CLARION SUITES at the ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER 2110 Rimrock Road, Madison WI (Call for special NAGC & NL room rate: 608-284-1234)  Clarion Suites Madison
  • HOME2SUITES/MADISON CENTRAL/ALLIANT CENTER 2153 Rimrock Road, Madison WI (Call for special NAGC& NL room rate (15% off) 608-949-9650 or 507-382-8756)  Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • AMERICINN OF MADISON/MONONA 101 W. Broadway, Monona WI (800-634-3444)
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  • SHERATON MADISON 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison WI (800-325-3535)
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  • COMFORT INN 722 John Nolen Drive, Madison WI (608-255-7400)
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  • There are several large hotel/motel chains close to East Towne Mall. You can check prices/availability through Expedia, Hotels.com or Travelocity for special rates and detailed information.

Other Useful Locations Nearby:

  • University of Wisconsin Memorial Library and State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Library and Archives).
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Testimonials

“Dear Jerry, I want to thank you personally, as well as the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society on campus for your collaborative assistance in helping me trace my family history. I also write you today to share the exceptional outcome of my recent trip to Norway. My daughter had the privilege of singing with the Eau Claire Alumni Choir at Normandy on July 4 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and in Paris at Church of the Madeleine with 13 other choirs from around America on July 8, 2019. We decided to go see their performances. When we travel that far away from home we enjoy staying for at least 2 weeks, so we added on another week and chose to add time in Norway. And that's what brought me to you in the first place. This trip sparked an interest in seeking more information about my ancestral history. Knowing that we would be going to Norway made me eager to learn more about my heritage. Prior to that I was only able to piece together parts of our family history on my Mom's side of the family. She is 100% Norwegian, and with your help, I learned that her Dad's side of the family arrived in America in the 1880's. Her grandma Foss had a fire in her home so all of the records from that side were lost. Her Mom's side of the family (Rolstad) settled in Wisconsin in the 1860's. Beyond that I knew a few names, but the rest of the records were spotty. Your efforts were helpful in figuring out a solid four generations back on both sides of my mom's family. You also figured out a few of my ancestors in the fifth generation back.”

- Cindy (Arizona)

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