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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)

  • Requests for articles, chapters, and other copies are being filled like normal.
  • Requests for loans of physical items are still extremely limited – we appreciate your patience if we are not able to obtain materials at this time.
  • Please expect delays (even for copies). Staffing at Gustavus and other institutions is still reduced.
  • Return ILLs you no longer need any time using the library’s book drop in the foyer.
  • Please continue to request renewals on materials you have – watch for email notices to remind you.
  • Email Sonja Timmerman ( with any ILL questions about specific items.


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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!

Summer 2020 reference (research) help:

Library Hours

To minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Library building will be open by appointment only through August 14, 2020

For your safety and ours, individuals who need specific items (e.g. books, DVDs, music scores) are asked to arrange for mediated pickup in the library's foyer; please fill out a materials request form.  If you need a portion of a work (article, book chapter), please use the same form.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please use this form.

From August 17-Sept. 1, the library will be open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Regular building hours will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Please check the Library's homepage for updates or changes. 


Streaming Film

Faculty: Contact your liaison librarian ( to inquire about access to streaming films that will be required viewing for your classes.

Streaming Music and Dance

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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