Information about library use, written especially for faculty.

General Library Info

General Library Info

Navigating the Library Building

Why:  To know where things are in the library

How:  Use this guide

The MLC Library has a variety of spaces where you will find resources, workspaces, or assistance from library staff.




Academic Success Center

Upper Level near Service Desk

Space for student-to-student tutoring.

Art Classroom

Lower Level

Prof. Berg’s art classroom

Bound Periodicals

Lower Level

Older copies of magazines and journals; several issues are bound into book format.  Useful if full-text articles are not available online, or for browsing historical information or pictures.  Can be checked out.

Computer Lab/
Group Area

Lower Level off Makerspace/Media Center

Individual computers and group workspaces. 

Current Periodicals

Upper Level

Magazines and journals from the past several months.  Available for in-library use only.

Curriculum Library

Lower Level

Useful items for planning classroom lessons.  Includes K-12 textbooks and teaching aids like manipulatives, puppets, and classroom games.  Findable in catalog; search curriculum library math, etc.

Individual and Group Study Rooms

Throughout the Library

Available on a first-come, first-served basis unless posted as reserved.  Contact Mrs. Wessel to reserve a room for a meeting.

LIB 100 Classroom

Upper level past Children's Literature shelves

Classroom area on main floor of library.

Makerspace/Media Center

Lower Level near Elevator

Die cuts for cutting out shapes, large work tables, and laminating drop-off service.

Music-A/V Room

Upper Level near Circulation Desk

Music and audiobook CDs, fiction and nonfiction DVD, organ and piano music, and music study scores.  Piano and organ music are indexed to match hymns and can be searched from the library’s website or browsed through the printed index in the room.

Ready Reference

Reference Area

Frequently-used books, available for in-library use.  Includes World Book Encyclopedia, almanacs, The People’s Bible, and Luther’s Works.  (Additional copies of these may be available for checkout in the stacks.)

Reference Area

Upper Level

Books with short pieces of information on a variety of topics, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and author and historical figures sources.  Items are for in-library use only.


Circulation Desk

Items recommended by faculty for short-term (generally two-hour) in-library use.  Ask someone at the Circulation Desk to retrieve reserve items for you.


Upper and Lower Levels

Upper level: near the stairs
Lower level: near the art classroom

Service Desk

Upper Level near Entrance

Check out and return items, pay fines, check out reserve materials, get help with library use.  Ring the bell for service if no one is at the desk.


Lower Level

Main collection of books.  Items are arranged according to the Library of Congress (LC) system. 


Lower Level

Comfortable study area.  

Please ask library staff if you have any questions about using the MLC Library.  We are happy to help!

General Library Info

Our Library Catalog

Use our library catalog to search for books and other items that are located in our library building.  You can also search the catalog using the first search box on the library's main page.

General Library Info

Creating Your Library Login

After creating a library login, you will be able to request books from other libraries, place holds, renew your library materials, check out ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive, and more.

See instructions on the MLC Library website for login information.


General Library Info

Using Your Library Account

Create your library login, and you will have access to features including renewing your items, seeing your holds, and learning about fines you may have.

Log in to your account using your library card/MLC ID number.  Then click on the Account button in the upper right-hand corner.

You can see:

General Library Info

Interlibrary Loan

If we don't have a book on our shelves, consider using interlibrary loan (ILL) to borrow a copy from another library.  There are three circles of ILL, with each requiring more time before items arrive.  You should search them in this order.

  1. TdS catalog (or switch "Search other Libraries" in the MLC Catalog to All TdS Libraries or the library of your choice):  South-central Minnesota public libraries.  Use the Request it button and log in with your barcode number and password.  Allow 2-5 days if the item isn't currently checked out.
  2. MNLINK Minnesota public and academic libraries.  Use Request Item button.  Service should restart for MLC in mid-August 2020.  Allow 10-14 days for items to arrive.  You can also get articles through MNLINK if we don't have them in our databases.  In many cases, they are delivered digitally within a few hours.
  3. Other ILL:  US libraries.  Fill out the request form, and library staff will attempt to find the book for you.  Allow at least two weeks for items to arrive.
General Library Info

What Is Discovery?

Discovery is a tool for searching most of our databases at once.  This "one-stop shop" is good for basic research using articles and ebooks.  Instead of searching several databases separately, Discovery searches many at a time and filters out the duplicates.

Hints for using Discovery:

Faculty-Specific Library Info

Faculty-Specific Library Info

Faculty Section of Library Website

More details for faculty are found on the Faculty Information page of the library website.  There you can find information about faculty fine policies, reserves, and more.

If there's something we're missing, please let Linda or Jan know, and we'll add it to the page.

Faculty-Specific Library Info


Books put on reserve are available for short-term use in the library.


Faculty-Specific Library Info

Library Guides

Library Guides are pages on subject areas or topics that provide more information on using the library.  Guides list databases useful for each subject area, give information on navigating the catalog and library for a subject, link to professional journals and reference sources, and more.

                    Sample Library Guide: Music

You may find it useful to link to a library guide in Moodle to get students to topical resources efficiently.

Guides can be created for a particular course to highlight library resources that would be most useful for students in that course.  If you'd like one created, contact Linda.  It can be customized to fit your needs.

Library guides are linked in the Library Help --> Research Help section of the library website.

                   Screenshot of library guides on MLC library website

Faculty-Specific Library Info

Library Help for Students

Please encourage your students to contact a librarian for:

We are happy to help in person, by phone, or by email.  

Faculty-Specific Library Info

Library Orientation and Instruction

Many of our students have little to no experience using libraries.  They get a 15-minute tour during first-year orientation, and that is the only consistent, formal library information they receive.  If your assignments require the use of library resources, please contact Linda Kramer to do a general or specific instruction session for your students.  If you do your own instruction on the use of library resources, please let Linda know what you cover so that we present the best information without duplicating efforts.

Linda can also provide informational handouts or create web-based, self-paced tutorials that can be assigned as part of a class or as a standalone module.

Faculty-Specific Library Info

Book Purchase Requests

If you come across an interesting book when reading professional journals or catalogs, and you think it would be good for our library to own, please submit a request for purchase.  Requests may be placed in a variety of ways; use what is most convenient for you:

Please let us know if the request needs special handling, e.g. rush status, will be placed on your reserve shelf, if you'd like to be notified when it is ready for checkout.  We accommodate these requests from faculty to the best of our abilities.

Faculty-Specific Library Info

Did You Know?

Some of our library collections and services are well-used by some and little-known by others.  Here are a few highlights:

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

Changes in Library Spaces

The following changes are in effect due to COVID-19:

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

Changes in Procedures

The following procedures are in effect due to COVID-19:

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

What if we have to go back to all-online learning?

When we quickly changed to online learning in the spring, many publishers made resources available for free for a limited time.  Most of those special provisions have expired, so what will we do if we have to go back to online learning?

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

Best Resources for Online Learning

Consider using these resources for online teaching and learning:

COVID-19/Fall 2020 Library Info

Best Resources for Face-to-Face Learning