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Stay Connected to the Library During the COVID-19 Emergency

Resources for Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning

Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan - ILL)

Expect delays.  Please note that at this time we can receive only electronic items through interlibrary loan and the turn-around time for access to digitized materials may be longer than normal.

Try to request articles or individual chapters from books but expect delays. Copyright guidelines will be more relaxed, but staffing reductions and closures will still impact turnaround time and amount of materials we can reasonably ask other institutions to digitize.

Return ILLs you no longer need before you leave campus.

Libraries are pledging to be generous with renewals; please continue to request renewals when you are able, and email Sonja Timmerman ( with any questions about due dates.

Email Sonja Timmerman ( with any ILL questions - the department will remain open and staffed and will work with individuals to resolve issues.

Textbooks for Courses

For students still needing textbooks for this term:

For possible free ebooks:  (more titles being added daily)

  • Scroll down and click on “Access Free ebooks”  enter title or ISBN.
  • If you already have a Red Shelf Account set up:
  • Search for the titles you need and they will open in your existing account.

If there is not a free ebook option, or if you would prefer print:

The Bookmark is offering free ground shipping to all 48 contiguous United States


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Resources for Faculty

Course Reserves. If you would like to know what you currently have on Course Reserves, please contact Leah Zacate (, x7558).

Research Guides. The Library's research guides ( and Articles & Databases menus contain links to many online resources.

Archives Digital Collections. Archives Digital Collections

Gustavus Librarians will continue to be available for consultations about classes, assignments, and student support. They can be reached by email, phone, and chat (available after spring break); contact information can be found here. In addition to contacting your liaison librarian about integrating library instruction into your modified course, you can also reach out to them to discuss how they can create a Research Guide for your course or make edits or additions to an existing one.


Note: Be sure to test your access to a particular e-book before you incorporate it into your research or teaching.

  • Search the library catalog for your topic and limit your results as follows: Refine this Search > Source Type > Book > eBook


Ask Us!

March 30-May26: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reference help will be available as follows:

  • E-mail: (please include your name and the best way to contact you)
  • Chat with us
    Monday-Thursday, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm &
    Friday, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Additional Resources

Trouble with Library Access?

Having trouble with your library account? Contact us for help:

  • Call the library during business hours (Information Desk: 507-933-7558)
  • E-mail

We can usually address your problem more quickly if you provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • What resource you are attempting to access (a specific database, online journal, etc.)
  • What problem (error message, etc.) you're encountering
  • What operating system (Mac, Windows) and what browser you're using
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