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Library Access for Alumni and Community Visitors


This guide outlines access for visitors to the NDSU Libraries who are not affiliated with North Dakota State University, but who have need to make use of the Libraries’ collections and services.

The Libraries’ primary function is to support the academic work of NDSU students, faculty, and staff (affiliated users). Visitors should be aware that the Libraries give priority to University-affiliated users in providing access to resources, facilities, and services.

Computer Access for Visitors

NDSU computing resources, including wireless connections, are for the use of faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students, and are not available for use by un-affiliated visitors.

Visiting scholars and researchers please see: https://library.ndsu.edu/visiting-scholars-and-researchers

Collections and Facilities

Access. Visitors may access the Libraries’ on-site collections for research and study purposes. This includes books, government documents, current periodicals and newspapers, and microform and archival collections.

Borrowing material. Circulating collections are available to loan. Visitors may register for a community card. The community card is free. A current valid government photo ID is required for registration.

Government Documents. The Libraries hold depository collections of U.S. government publications and North Dakota state documents, and provide public access to these materials. Librarians are available to assist in locating and accessing government information in both physical and electronic formats.

The Libraries also houses government information in our Off-Campus Storage Annex, including, maps, microfiche and monographs. For non-NDSU affiliated patrons needing items from the Annex, please contact the Head of Access Services.

The following services are not available to non-affiliated library visitors:

  • course reserve materials
  • interlibrary loan services
  • paging of materials from the Annex








Last updated: 12/16/2016