This page has information about how the NDSU Libraries meet your teaching, research, and informational needs with a range of library services for you and your students.

Research Support

Contact your subject librarian for:

  • Research assistance for you and your students
  • Teaching assistant (T.A.) training in library research methods
  • Recommending purchases such as books, journals, DVDs, etc.

Library Instruction and Collaboration

We provide instruction about library resources, search strategies source evaluation, peer review, and more advanced topics like research for literature reviews, scholarly publication, impact metrics and more. We can create online tutorials, come to your class (in person or online), provide active instruction in a computer lab, and graduate workshops. We will work with you to support students' success in your course.

Visit Request Library Instruction for your Classroom or contact your subject librarian for more information. For more information about our thinking and approach to developing students' skills in finding, using, and critically evaluating information, please see our Undergraduate Learning Outcomes. To see active learning resources available in our collections, visit Active Learning Resources for Faculty

Course Reserves

Please review the Libraries’ guidelines for physical and electronic course reserves. For information about course reserves, copyright and fair use, visit the Copyright and Fair Use Tutorial. To put materials on reserve, please use the Course Reserves Request Form.

Faculty and Staff Circulation Policies

Your NDSU ID card functions as your library card. Maximum 100 check-outs.

Materials Loan Period Renewals
Books, Shott Collection and government documents 180 days 2
Periodicals 5 days 0
Reference Materials No loan N/A
Newspapers No loan N/A
Maps 28 days 1
Media (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks) –limit of 5 7 days 1
Course reserves (limit of 3) As designated 1

Designating a Proxy

You may designate a staff member or teaching assistant as your proxy to check out library materials in your name. Download the Proxy Authorization form. Please contact the Access Services Librarian for more information at 701-231-8915.

Visiting Scholars and Researching 

NDSU Libraries may provide guest logins to NDSU computers for visiting researchers (academic and general public) and extension agents needing access to electronic resources specific to NDSU and not available through public libraries or their home institution. Visiting faculty should make arrangements through the department they are affiliated with to establish NDSU credentials for the period of their visit; visit NDSU's Guest and Affiliate Accounts for further information.

Guest logins are available at the Main Library Reference Desk to newly NDSU affiliated students, faculty and staff who have not yet received their official NDSU credentials. They are also available at the Help Desk in Quentin Burdick.


NDSU Policy Manual Section 158: Acceptable Use of Electronic Communications Devices (November 2019)