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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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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.  

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

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Ask Us!

Research Help:

Getting Started

Not sure where to begin?  Try the Library's:

  • Research Guides. The Library's research guides ( and Articles & Databases menus contain links to many online resources.
  • Quick Answers guide.  The Quick Answers guide ( offers information on finding different types of sources, accessing library databases from off-campus, how to cite sources, and more.
  • Video tutorials.  The Library's YouTube channel contains several video tutorials with step-by-step directions on how to search for books in the online catalog, distinguish between popular & scholarly sources, request materials from other libraries, and more.

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. 


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

Magazines to Browse

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