Library Services and Resources

The St. Cloud State University Library provides a variety of resources and services for faculty. Whether you are enhancing your curriculum or shaping assignments and projects during the course of the semester, the library has a multitude of information resources and services available for you.

Not sure where to start? Contact a faculty librarian.

Library Instruction Services

The library instruction program helps students become efficient, effective and independent researchers who think critically while gathering and using a variety of library and information resources. Students need these skills for academic success, global citizenship, and lifelong learning. 

LibSmart allows you to design the library instruction session that will best meet your students’ research needs.

Course Reserves

The library’s Course Reserves service allows you to ensure that students have the resources they need for your classes. Print reserves are physical materials (books, journals, articles, videos, DVDs, etc.) that are set aside by faculty for the exclusive use of their students. Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves) provides online access to selected course reserve materials.

Contact the Circulation Desk at 320-308-3083 or for more information.

Checkout Policy

The normal loan period for books is 16 weeks for SCSU faculty and staff. Videos circulate for a maximum of 14 days. The loan period for Interlibrary Loan materials is determined by the lending library. For more details see Library Checkout Policies or contact the Circulation Desk at 320-308-3083.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library’s Interlibrary Loan service supports the research of faculty, staff, students, retired faculty and staff, and community patrons by making available materials that either are not part of or are currently unavailable from the SCSU library collection.

Library Services for Students 

Encourage your students to use the library’s reference services. Faculty librarians help students in person, on the phone, and through e-mail. The library also offers a 24/7 chat reference service. Additionally, students can schedule a research consultation with a librarian for more intensive research assistance.

Students who are not enrolled, but need access to library materials in order to complete a degree or a course may receive an extension of checkout privileges. Advisors and instructors can request the extension by completing the Request extension of StarID and Library accounts form. Your StarID is needed to access the form. Contact the Circulation Desk at 320-308-3083 for more information.

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