University Library at St. Cloud State University

FAQS: Using the Building

1. How can I reserve a study room?

Student study rooms are available for student use on the second and third floors of the Library. All study rooms can be reserved up to seven days in advance by calling the Circulation Desk at (320)308-3083 or by coming to the Circulation Desk.

Students can have one two-hour reservation per day and will need to bring their SCSU Campus Card to check out a room. Reservations not claimed within 15 minutes of start time may be cancelled.

2. How can I use the library if I'm not a student at SCSU?

Community patrons can borrow library materials by requesting a barcode at the Circulation Desk located on the first floor of the library. You will need to present a Minnesota state issued ID and provide contact information.

In order to use a computer in the library, community patrons need to obtain a Community Patron UserID. To get your UserID, go to Second Floor East Computer Lab Consultant Information Desk and fill out a Request Form with a valid government issued ID with a photo.

3. How do I borrow equipment?

The Library Circulation desk maintains a small pool of multimedia equipment for use by current faculty, staff, and students of St. Cloud State University. Most items have a three-day general checkout. Faculty and staff may check out equipment for a maximum of two weeks. All renewals and checkouts are subject to availability.

4. How do I check out DVDs, videos, movies, CDs, and other audio-visual materials?

Most DVDs, videos, CDs, etc. are kept behind the Circulation desk on the first floor. Feature films from the DVD collection (call numbers PN 1992.77 - PN 1992.8 and PN 1997.A2  - PN 1997.85) are located on the cherry wood shelves near the Reference Desk on the first floor. 

To check out a feature film DVD, bring the case to the Circulation Desk. For all other audio-visual materials, find the item on the Books and More Catalog, write down the call number, and take it to the Circulation desk.  The Circulation staff will retrieve the item, and check it out to you.

Students, faculty, and staff can borrow these items for three days. Students can have no more than five VHS tapes or five DVDs check out at one time.

5. How do I find books in the library?

Books are organized by Library of Congress Classification call numbers. You can find the call number for a book by using the library catalog or LibSearch which can be accessed directly from the search box on the Library homepage.

In the library, resources are located as follows:

First Floor
  • Reference collection (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)
  • Atlases
  • New Fiction
  • Current periodicals and newspapers
Second Floor
  • Books A-D
Third Floor
  • Books M-N
  • Juvenile and children's book collection
  • Books E-L and O-Z
  • Bound periodicals
  • Indexes
  • Microfilm & microfiche
  • Minnesota documents
  • Thesis collection
  • U.S. Goverment documents 

6. How do I find current magazines, newspapers, or journals?

Current periodicals and newspapers are located on the first floor of the library and are shelved in alphabetical order by title. Most titles will have the current and previous year on the shelves.

7. How do I find novels or popular fiction for recreational reading?

The library does not have a fiction section that's easy to browse because the books are classified as literature. Instead use the Books and More Catalog to look up your favorite authors or titles.

Alternatively, you can check out the New Fiction shelving near the Circulation Desk and the Free Book Exchange near the Reference Desk, both on the first floor of the library.

8. How do I log into my library account?

From the Books and More Catalog link on the Library homepage, click on the "My Account" link from the upper right corner.

Type in your library barcode (usually the 14-digit number from your Campus ID card) and your password (usually your last name).

By logging into My Account, you can view your Favorites, Tagged Items, and view your Checked Out materials. You can also view any fines you may have accrued, and you can manage your Interlibrary Loan requests.

9. How do I read Library of Congress call numbers?

See the Library of Congress Classification Outline and this guide from the University System of Georgia for LC basics.

10. How do I request that a book be removed or added to the library collection?

Contact the Collection Management department by submitting a request online or by email at

11. How do I reserve materials?

Print and Video Reserves are physical materials that are set aside by faculty for the exclusive use of their students.

Please contact the Circulation Desk at (320)308-3083 or if you would like more information. 

12. When are Archives open?

University Archives is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

13. When is the library open?

Library Hours are posted here.

14. Where are Archives located?

Archives is located on the Second Floor of the library. Items in this area of the library will appear on the catalog as MC Rare (In-Library Use Only).

15. Where can I find a map of the library?

Maps of the library can be found here.

16. Where can I get help with library jargon and terminology?

There are many web pages with definitions for confusing library jargon such as abstract, citation, call number, bibliography, periodical, and more.
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