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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 somewhat limited – we appreciate your patience and ask that you observe a temporary limit of 10 active ILLs at a time.

  • Please expect delays (even for copies). Staffing levels at institutions across the country are still varied and will continue to be fluid in the months ahead.

  • E-books are not available via ILL; we can obtain the print version or we can request a few sections to be copied for you.

  • Physical items can be picked up at the Information Desk in the library; contactless pick-up is available for those that request it.

  • ILLs you no longer need can be returned to the Information Desk in the library or via the library’s book drop in the foyer.

  • Please request renewals on materials promptly - you'll receive email notices to remind you.

  • Email Sonja Timmerman ( with any ILL questions.


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Reference Librarians

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; 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.

Articles in Journals


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!

Research Help:

Library Hours

During spring semester:

  • Monday-Thursday:     8:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)
  • Friday:     8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday:  12:00 pm (noon) - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday     12:00 pm (noon) - 12:00 am (midnight)


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


Access to Physical Materials from the Library

Services for immunocompromised patrons or those unable to come to campus:  

For those patrons who are unable to come into the building, the Library may be able to provide contactless pickup and/or scanned copies of articles or book chapters upon request.  This online tutorial explains these services in more detail.  

Streaming Video

Below please find information on current licenses and important details about the availability of streaming licenses.

  • Current licenses:
    • Browse the catalog for Videos Currently Licensed for Streaming (expiration dates vary). If you want to incorporate one of these films into a class, direct your students to click the "View Now" button in the library catalog to view the film. Or contact to request a direct link to a film
    • Films on Demand History Collection: A collection of over 5,000 documentaries, educational videos, interviews, speeches, and newsreels covering the ancient world to the present day. You can use pre-made clips, full videos, and custom segments for teaching and learning. Tip: to limit your search by subtopic, use the filters at the top of the search results list.
    • A note about Swank: There are two separate instances of Swank on campus. The Library licenses select films through Swank Digital Campus for educational use of films assigned to students by their professors; it is available on and off campus. Campus Activities provides access to select films through Swank Residence Life Cinema, which is only available on campus; questions about those films should be directed to Campus Activities.
  • Important notes on limitations to licensing streaming video:
    • While the Library will attempt to fulfill all streaming requests, please note that some requests cannot be filled due to issues of cost or availability.
    • In some cases the library will provide a DVD in lieu of a streaming license due to issues of cost or availability.
    • Many streaming services (including Netflix and Amazon Prime) do *not* offer institutional licensing for libraries; therefore, while there are some exceptions, most videos that are available only through one of those services would need to be accessed by students on their own individual accounts.
  • Streaming Video Request Form: Use this form to request pricing and availability of a streaming video for your class. Library staff will review your request and contact you about next steps.
  • Questions? Contact



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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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