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Hours & Location

Our Hours:

Monday – Friday (excluding holidays*)
10:00 AM – 5:00 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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“Carolyn, I want to thank you, so much, for the genealogy research you did on my Grandmother’s ancestry.  It was more than I ever expected.  All of the information will enable me to have a wonderful trip to Norway in 2022.  I have already made several genealogical contacts in Hedmark Fylke from which one part of my ancestors lived.  To be able to trace my ancestors back to the 1700’s means a great deal to me and my family.  Your extensive research was outstanding.  I especially enjoy the ancestor charts, family group sheets, the excerpts from the Sor-Ordal Bygdeboks, the Grueboka book and the documentation.  I appreciate the way you referenced all of the family members and referenced them to the ancestor charts and the group sheets.  It was a very clear road map to my past. I will probably contact you later for another search on the other side of my ancestors. Thank you, again!”

- Susan (New Mexico)

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