The Library provides for needs beyond the classroom with an electronic database catalog and resource system. In addition to the traditional library services, there are a number of on-line databases available. The book and media collection offers nearly 50,000 volumes. Through the use of the on-line catalog, a patron may also access more than 6.3 million titles through the PALS Library Consortium. Endless numbers of libraries throughout the world can also be accessed via Internet connections.
Thousands of periodical titles are available both in the collection and through on-line databases. Many of the publications are provided in full-text. Through the use of an interlibrary loan service, any number of books and periodicals can be obtained by patrons.
Study rooms are available for small group purposes. Included within this Library are the Learning Commons, the Skone Conservatory housing the Humphrey Center for American Indian Studies, the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, the Center for the Americas, and a pre-school children's library.
You must have your student identification card in order to check out materials. Books and periodicals may be checked out for a three-week period unless otherwise stated. Reference books, Electronic Media, Reserve items, and current periodicals must be used in the library; they do not circulate.
Ask for Reserve books, video, and other media at the Circulation Desk. To check out these materials, you must have your bar code identification card. If required, verification of your bar code can be obtained at the Circulation Desk. Informational and reference assistance are also available at the Desk.
The library book and media collections are cataloged using the Dewey Decimal system. To find an item, the call number from the on-line catalog. Check for specific collection location, including: general, paperback, oversize, reference, (government, Indian, and children - Brainerd Campus only). Also check at the Circulation Desk for electronic media items. The library staff will gladly help you locate your sources.
In order to comply with the Data Privacy Act, you will be asked to present and use your bar code identification card number - not your name - when checking materials out of the library. If off campus and assistance regarding your barcode is required, send an e-mail request via your CLC e-mail account to Pam Wible (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Bissonette (email@example.com).
Ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk for media equipment usage. It is expected that a computer user will be proficient in the program he or she wishes to use.
You will receive only one over-due notice. If you fail to return the item, you will be billed a $45 replacement cost per item. Also, if you fail to return the over-due materials or pay the bill, your records will be sealed. Sealed records will not allow you to register for the next term, graduate, or request transcripts.
The magazines, journals and newspaper stacks are open for self-service. The collection contains the current five years of most titles. Some bound volumes date back to the early 1900s. Use the on-line catalog to locate the periodicals of your choice. When you remove a box of periodicals or the periodicals from the box, but do not check them out, please leave both the box and the unboxed periodicals on the table. The library will put them away for you.
The library will make photocopies for you at the Circulation Desk. There is a minimal charge of 10 cents per page for standard size pages. A second photocopy service is available in the bookstore on each campus for the same services.
Materials are placed on Reserve at the Circulation Desk by instructors. You may check to see if an instructor has anything on Reserve by asking at the Circulation Desk. Reserve material can be used in the library only, but a user will need to have their patron user card in order to remove the material from the Circulation Desk.