The State Archives Orin G. Libby Memorial Reading Room is open for research from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays. It is also open for research the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on legal holidays.
The reading room is also equipped with wireless internet access (WiFi).
The newspaper inventory available online, and in the Reading Room, is organized alphabetically by county, thereafter by city or town, and finally by newspaper title. Each microfilm roll, along with the inclusive dates, is listed with the respective newspaper title. Researchers are asked to provide the microfilm roll number on the Daily Registration form before submitting the request to the reference staff.
Microfilm readers and reader-printers are provided in the Reading Room and a diagram of specific instructions for threading microfilm is provided on each machine. All microfilm must be rewound onto the original reel and the take-up reel must not be removed from the machine. Upon request, staff will provide assistance to those unfamiliar with using microfilm.
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We will also be closed on Christmas Eve this year.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.