The American Geographical Society Library is free and open to the public for drop-in visits during our opening hours.

Tours, presentations, and displays are available to UWM classes, area colleges, community groups, as well as K-12 schools and homeschool groups. To schedule a tour or community group visit, please use the Schedule a Visit button below. To schedule an instruction session for university and K-12 classes, please use the Schedule Instruction.

Scheduling can also be arranged for departmental colloquiums, visiting scholars, and symposiums by emailing Community groups such as genealogical societies, study groups, and professional organizations are welcome to schedule their events with the AGSL. Area middle and high schools are encouraged to utilize our resources as part of their coursework.

If you would like to schedule a visit to the library, request specialized instruction for your class, or a tour for a group, please follow the button below and let us know what type of visit you would like and how many people we can expect. For those who would love to visit the AGSL, but cannot make the trip, check out our Self-Guided Tour to see the top hits on permanent display.

University/college classes

The AGSL works with classes from UWM and other universities every semester to achieve their shared learning outcomes. Each class is tailored with a specific set of maps and/or geospatial data and an activity chosen in consultation with the professor. In addition to introducing students to the AGSL collections and our facilities, we are dedicated to a learner-centered approach to teaching and work to foster students’ critical thought about information, its creation, and its historical legacy. We work with all disciplines at any academic level.

Whether in person or online, some focuses of the class can be:

  • cartographic literacy
  • primary source literacy
  • visual literacy
  • data literacy
K-12 groups

Tours, presentations, displays, and instruction (including virtual displays, presentations, and tours) are available to K-12 schools.

Also, check out our K-12 Resources page for curriculum made by area teachers using AGSL materials.


AGSL staff offer reference and research consultation services to UWM students, faculty, and staff, in addition to researchers and scholars from around the world. Currently, we offer in-person consultations as well as consultations over email, telephone, or Zoom. For reference assistance or to schedule a research consultation, please email

For genealogy research, please see our Genealogy Resources page.

Other guests

Tours, presentations, and displays (including virtual displays, presentations, and tours) are available to community groups, genealogical societies, study groups, and professional organizations.

We are located on the third floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library Building on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The AGSL is located at 43° 04′ 37″ North; 87° 52′ 48″ West.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
(During holidays, UWM breaks and interim periods, refer to the UWM Libraries building hours.)

(414) 229-6282 or 1-800-558-8993 (in the USA)


The AGSL is closed on the following holidays:
New Years Eve Day
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day

Street Address:
American Geographical Society Library
UWM Libraries, Third Floor, East Wing
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address:
American Geographical Society Library
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 399
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Campus Parking: A campus map is located on the UWM Web Site; the map’s PDF version for printing includes directions and parking locations. Patrons are advised to use public parking facilities, as on-street parking is extremely limited and difficult to find. Please contact the UWM Parking and Transit Office at (414) 229-5644 for more information about parking at UWM.