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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Public Services

Page address: http://lib.mnsu.edu/services/pubservices.html

Mission Statement for MSU Library Services
Circulation Services
Interlibrary Loan Services
Reference Services

Online Indexes and Databases


Mission Statement for Library Services

Library Services support the curriculum of Minnesota State University, Mankato by providing students, staff, and faculty with information resources and access to information through traditional and evolving technologies. A secondary mission is to serve as a regional information center for residents of southern Minnesota.

As our mission statement indicates, the primary constituents of Memorial Library are graduate and undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at MSU as well as current faculty and staff. However, we also provide some services to the wider community as time and resources allow.

Circulation Services

Minnesota residents who have a current library card from their local public library can receive MSU borrowing privileges by presenting the card at the circulation desk, along with a photo ID and completing a form to establish a MSU library account. Proof of address and age is required. A staff member will add an MSU barcode to the public library card. Each academic term thereafter, the user's MSU privileges can be extended as long as the public library card remains current. Any non-affiliated user under age 18 must have a form signed by a parent or guardian before MSU borrowing privileges are granted.

Memorial Library houses many kinds of materials. A total maximum of 10 items may be checked out on the card at any one time. The amount of time for which they can be checked out depends on a number of factors. Most items can be checked out for 3 weeks. Some types of materials have shortened circulation times or do not circulate at all. For example, magazines must be used in the building, although they may be checked out from the periodical area to be photocopied. Reference materials cannot be borrowed by anyone because they contain specialized information, which is in high demand. Items that instructors place on reserve to support course curricula circulate for short periods, sometimes as little as two hours, and only to currently enrolled students. Instructional and presentation equipment housed in the ERC is designed for classroom support and may not be checked out by non-affiliated users. Such equipment includes camcorders, VCR/TVs, and digital cameras. For complete information about circulation periods for all library materials, see the library's web site at /services/circ/stpol.html Borrowers are responsible for all processing fees or replacement costs incurred for overdue or lost materials.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Despite the size of our collection, students, faculty, and staff sometimes need additional resources from other libraries. Our interlibrary loan staff secures hundreds of books and journal articles each year to support MSU coursework and research. Because of the expense and staff time involved in the interlibrary loan process, Memorial Library does not provide interlibrary loan services for non-affiliated users. Members of the public should place interlibrary loan requests through their local public library. Another alternative for Minnesota residents served by the Traverse des Sioux library system is to place requests electronically through TdS Web. Instruction sheets explaining this process are available at Memorial Library's reference desk.

Reference Services

Reference service is available many hours that Memorial Library is open. Reference librarians answer users' questions and help them find and evaluate appropriate resources. Because the library is part of the whole academic structure on campus, these librarians attempt to teach people how to locate and analyze information themselves rather than simply supplying answers. Depending on the number of people needing assistance, librarians help anyone who comes to the library start the search for information. However, when many people are waiting for assistance or lengthy interaction is necessary, librarians offer the option of making appointments with people requiring individual help with research. Non-affiliated users requiring such an appointment will be charged at the rate of $60 per hour, with a minimum charge of $30.

Online Indexes and Databases

Most of our online indexes and databases other than the PALS catalog are provided through subscription contracts that limit access to currently registered MSU students and current faculty and staff. The number of users in those categories determines the fees we pay. To adhere to licensing requirements, we must authenticate our remote users. We have installed a proxy server to identify students, faculty, and staff who can use our subscription databases online. While we must authenticate users for remote access, currently we do not restrict on-site users. Anyone can use the databases in the library, but we cannot allow dial-in access without jeopardizing our contractual arrangements with database providers.

Parents who allow their minor children to use Memorial Library should be aware that many of our computers provide Internet access. Because we are part of an institution of higher education, our primary users are adults. We do not use filters to restrict access to Internet resources.

For current and complete information about Memorial Library's policies, please consult our web site at http://www.lib.mnsu.edu. As providing access to information becomes more expensive and complex, we will do our best to continue to provide services as funding and staffing allow. However, no matter what changes occur, our chief concern will continue to be our support of the academic enterprise at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling
Memorial Library at (507) 389-5945 (V) or (800) 627-3529 (MRS/TTY).