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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Memorial Library Services for the General Public

How can Minnesota residents check out MSU materials?

  1. Show a current Minnesota public library card, and photo ID with proof of residence to indicate Minnesota address and age at the circulation desk.

  2. Fill out an application form. Residents under 18 years of age need a form signed by a parent or guardian.

  3. An MSU barcode will be added to the public library card. Borrowing privileges can be extended as long as the card remains current.

What are the borrowing permissions?

  1. Maximum of 10 books and videos checked out at one time. Most items can be checked out for 3 weeks.

  2. For complete information about circulation times, see the library's web site at /services/circ/stpol.html

  3. Borrowers are responsible for all fees if materials are damaged or lost.

  4. The general public may not check out:
    • Magazines. These must be used in the building but may be checked out from the periodical area to be photocopied.

    • Reference materials.

    • Reserve items for students currently enrolled in MSU courses.

    • Audiovisual equipment and laptop computers from the ERC.

Reference Services for the General Public

  1. Reference librarians answer users' questions and help them find and evaluate appropriate resources.
  2. This is an academic library. Librarians teach people how to find and analyze information rather than simply supply answers.
  3. Librarians will help anyone start a search for information. If people need lengthy interaction or if many are waiting, librarians may offer a research appointment.

Services Not Provided for the General Public

1. Online Indexes and Databases - for use only in the library
  • Anyone can use most of the databases in the library, but we must restrict off-campus access to current MSU students, faculty and staff.

2. Interlibrary Loan Services - no MSU Services for Non-Affiliated Users
  • Members of the general public should place interlibrary loan requests through their local public library, not through MSU Library Services. 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 Library Services' reference desk.

3. The University's primary users are adults. Parents should know that children have full access to all content on computers and on shelves.

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.

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).