Visiting CBI
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Center for the History of Information Technology

Visitor Information


Charles Babbage Institute
211 Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612.624.5050 (phone) 612.625.8054 (fax)

The Charles Babbage Institute is located in 211 Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The University campus is approximately one mile from downtown Minneapolis and eight miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. There are nearby stops for city buses, airport hotel shuttles, and light rail. There is no parking immediately adjacent to the library, but there are surface lots and parking ramps within 1-3 blocks.


**Materials from the Archives and Special Collections are now used in the Maxine Houghton Wallin Special Collections Research Center reading room, located on the ground floor of Andersen Library.**

CBI is open for researchers from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are necessary to view materials. Additionally, the Wallin Center reading room is open until 7:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday for researchers who have made previous arrangements. Contact the CBI staff for an appointment. Please go here to check for Andersen Library holiday hours or university closings.

Getting to Andersen Library

To locate CBI, here is a Map of Andersen Library

To drop off guests or deliver small packages, use this map and driving directions to Andersen Library.

For large shipments delivery, use this map and driving directions to Andersen storage cavern.

Public Transportation Options to the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is accessible by public transportation. There are nearby stops for light rail, city buses, and airport hotel shuttles.


Link to a map and directions to Andersen parking

The area is bordered by Washington Ave., 19th Ave. S., 2nd St. S. and West River Parkway. Enter via the intersection at 19th Ave. S. and 2nd St. S. Public parking is available in lot C86. A municipal parking ramp is next to the Courtyard Hotel a block away. Metered parking is available on the West River Parkway.(Please note that parking rates change annually. Please check with University of Minnesota Parking Services for current rates.)

There are two University parking ramps on Riverside Ave. two blocks away. Some free parking may be available on neighborhood streets.

For further parking information, call: University of Minnesota Parking Services: 612-626-PARK, or visit the Parking Services website.

Lodging Options for Visitors

There are many lodging options available in nearby downtown Minneapolis. Here is a short list of a few options close to CBI.

Visiting Minneapolis/St. Paul

Further information about visiting Minneapolis/St. Paul and the surrounding areas can be found by visiting the