Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I visit the Research Center?
  2. Who can use the Research Center?
  3. Can I bring my class to the Research Center?
  4. What can I do to make the most of my limited time at the Research Center?
  5. Can I check out books and videos?
  6. What can I bring into the Research Center?
  7. What types of materials does the Research Center have in its collections?
  8. How can I search the Research Center’s holdings?
  9. How can I donate something to the Research Center?
  10. What are The Rustic Pig hours?

How do I visit the Research Center?

No appointment or admission fee is required to visit the Research Center.  Location, hours, and other information are available at the IRRC Visitor Information page. 

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Who can use the Research Center?

The Research Center is open to all researchers.  There are no membership or age requirements.  A picture ID is required for registration to use archival collections.

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Can I bring my class to the Research Center?

Yes, but please let us know in advance for the best experience for your students. 

Contact educationscheduling@mndiscoverycenter.com or see our Class Visits page to learn more.

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What can I do to make the most of my limited time at the Research Center?

Use the library catalog, manuscript and photographic collections finding aids, and government records finding aids to identify items and collections you want to use during your visit. 

In order to use materials, you must make a prior appointment with the Archivist. Please contact him at  archivist@mndiscoverycenter.com or 218-254-1229.

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Can I check out books and videos?

The Iron Range Research Center is a member of the Arrowhead Library System (A.L.S.), and its resources can be found in the online library catalog.  Persons with a valid library card issued from an A.L.S. public library can check out items from the main circulating collection.  Other non-circulating items may be used onsite.

In addition to its print resources, the Research Center also has newspapers and magazines, microfilm, audiovisual resources, and electronic databases available for use.  You may email the Research Specialist at yourroots@mndiscoverycenter.com or call at 218-254-1222.

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What can I bring into the Research Center?

No food, beverages, or scanners, please.  Please ask staff before photographing collection items.

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What types of materials does the Research Center have in its collections?

Please see the Archives page.

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How can I search the Research Center’s holdings?

For more specific information about the books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and other items held by the Research Center, search the library catalog.

To search the government records, manuscript collections, or photographic collections, see the digital archives page.

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How can I donate something to the Research Center?

For art and historical objects, contact the Curator at curator@mndiscoverycenter.com or 218-254-1238.

For all other items, contact the Archivist at archivist@mndiscoverycenter.com or 218-254-1229.

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What are The Rustic Pig hours?

The Rustic Pig will be open every Saturday from 4:00-9:00pm with the exception of December 1st, December 8th, and January 12th for private events.  

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