Main Library Services

 

Computer Clusters and Printers

There are 46 computers on the main floor of the library including both PCs and Macs and a computer lab (PC only) on the lower level. The main floor computer cluster has electrical outlets so you can use your own devices as well. Log into campus computers using your NDSU user name and password.

 

Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab is a student-centered and easily accessible workspace. The Lab provides access to tools, training, and the support needed to design and produce prototypes and projects for personal, academic and professional purposes.

Regardless of experience level or major, the Lab offers opportunities for hands-on use of current and emerging technologies to solve problems, design creative works, and develop prototypes for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Contact

Adam Elznic
Emerging Technologies Coordinator

Phone: 701-231-9746
Location: Main Library 121
Email: adam.elznic@ndsu.edu

 

Data Visualization Lab

The Data Visualization Lab is a student and researcher focused space that provides resources and support for finding, analyzing, visualizing, and managing research data. The lab has workstations and software for GIS, data visualization, and statistical analysis, and is available remotely for access outside of lab hours.

Contact 

Bob Tolliver
Sciences Librarian

Phone: 701-231-7351
Emailrobert.tolliver@ndsu.edu
Location: Main Library 218C

Distance Students 

NDSU Libraries are committed to supporting distance education students with the same level of resources, research support, and access as our on-campus students. See below for information about getting research assistance, how to borrow books and other physical materials from the Libraries, and how to trouble-shoot common access issues, including who to contact if you continue to have questions.

Research Assistance

We understand that navigating the Libraries' resources and services can feel a bit overwhelming at first. If you would like to meet with a librarian to get an overview we are very happy to help with that. We can easily create a time to meet on the phone, or using Skype. We are also available to meet for specialized research help, such as for literature reviews, theses and dissertations, citation management and more. Use the link below to submit a request, and it will be directed to the librarian best suited to help you. If you already know who your subject librarian is, feel free to email them and request a meeting. You can also IM us anytime the "Ask a Librarian" chat is open - there will be a real librarian on the other end to help you!

Request a Consultation with a Librarian

Who is my subject librarian?

More research support resources:

The library has many online tutorials that can help you use our resources: https://library.ndsu.edu/tutorials

We offer support for the following citation management tools: Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero

Subject librarians have developed research guides for most degree programs on campus: https://library.ndsu.edu/guides

The Center for Writers is available to assist both undergraduate and graduate distance students: https://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/


Borrowing Materials

Distance education students can use interlibrary loan to request articles and books that the library does not have access to. However - you can ALSO use interlibrary loan to request books and other physical items that the library does have (unlike our campus users). When you make a request for a book, thesis, map or other physical item, note that you are a distance education student and provide your mailing address in the notes section. Interlibrary Loan will mail the item to you with return postage included! Interlibrary loan is free for NDSU students.

NOTE: During the interruptions to regular library operations due to the COVID-19 response, physical items requested through ILL may not be available and wait times for requested materials (electronic and physical) may be longer than usual.

To create an account to use interlibrary loan (ILL): https://library.ndsu.edu/ill.

If you have questions, or encounter problems with your account, please contact interlibrary loan at (701) 231-8885 or at ndsu.library.ill@ndsu.edu.


Getting Full Text

The number one question NDSU librarians answer is "How do I get this...(article, book, document)?" Usually, a student has found an article that is behind a paywall using a search engine, or finds a citation on Google Scholar, ResearchGate or other place and wants to find the full text of it.

Let's start with Google Scholar. You can change the settings in Google Scholar so that links to materials that NDSU has access to will be available. Here are directions for changing your settings: https://library.ndsu.edu/tutorials/setting-your-preferences-google-scholar

NOTE: Sometimes the NDSU links will take you to a citation and abstract with no full text available. When that happens, please use interlibrary loan to request the article.

If you find a citation in a bibliography or online and want to track down whether the Libraries have access to it, or if you want to see if the Libraries has a subscription to a particular journal, follow the directions here: https://library.ndsu.edu/tutorials/how-use-ejournals.

Finally, if you still have questions, please contact your subject librarian for assistance.


Access Issues

Unfortunately, we all occasionally have issues with accessing library resources. Here are some of the most common problems that students may encounter:

I can't login to access this database/article.
The login for databases/articles is the same login you use to log into NDSU computer labs.

After logging in, you may encounter a second authentication page that asks you to choose a device and an authentication method (Duo Push, Call Me, Passcode). For more information about this multi-factor authentication go to https://www.ndsu.edu/its/mfa/.

If you are having problems, please contact the NDSU Helpdesk at https://www.ndsu.edu/its/help_desk/

I can’t login to my library account
The login for your library account is the same login you use to log into NDSU computer labs. If you are having problems, please contact the NDSU Helpdesk at https://www.ndsu.edu/its/help_desk/

I can't renew this book. Why do I have library fees?
Please contact the circulation desk at (701) 231-8888 or at ndsu.library@ndsu.edu(link sends e-mail) for questions about your library account

I haven't gotten my interlibrary loan yet. when will my interlibrary loan arrive?
Please contact interlibrary loan with questions about your account at (701) 231-8885 or at ndsu.library@ndsu.edu(link sends e-mail).

 

Distance Faculty and Staff

NDSU Libraries are committed to supporting distance faculty and staff with the same level of resources, research support, and access as our on-campus students. See below for information about getting research assistance, how to borrow books and other physical materials from the Libraries, and how to trouble-shoot common access issues, including who to contact if you continue to have questions.

Research Assistance

Having trouble navigating the Libraries' resources and services? We are very happy to help with that! Contact us via the "Ask a Librarian" chat box in the lower right corner of the library website. We are also available to meet for specialized research help, such as for literature reviews, theses and dissertations, citation management and more. You can meet with a librarian in-person, on the phone, or virtually via Zoom or other tools. Use the link below to submit a request, and it will be directed to the librarian best suited to help you. If you already know who your subject librarian is, feel free to email them and request a meeting. (If you are with NDSU Extension, contact Nicole Juve).

Request a Consultation with a Librarian

Who is my subject librarian?

More research support resources:

The library has many online tutorials that can help you use our resources: Library DIY, Subject and Course Guides, and Special Topics Guides

We offer support for the following citation management tools: Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero

The Center for Writers is available to assist both undergraduate and graduate distance students: https://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/


Borrowing Materials

Distance faculty and staff can use interlibrary loan to request articles and books that the library does not have access to. However - you can ALSO use interlibrary loan to request books and other physical items that the library does have (unlike our campus users). When you make a request for a book, thesis, map or other physical item, note that you are a distance faculty or staff and provide your off-campus NDSU mailing address in the notes section. Interlibrary Loan will mail the item to you with return postage included! Interlibrary loan is free for NDSU faculty, staff, and students.

NOTE: During the interruptions to regular library operations due to the COVID-19 response, physical items requested through ILL may not be available and wait times for requested materials (electronic and physical) may be longer than usual.

Learn more on our How to Use Interlibrary Loan guide, or login and create a request at https://library.ndsu.edu/ill.

If you have questions, or encounter problems with your account, please contact interlibrary loan at (701) 231-8885 or at ndsu.library.ill@ndsu.edu.


Getting Full Text

The number one question NDSU librarians answer is "How do I get this...(article, book, document)?" You may have found an article that is behind a paywall using a search engine, or found a citation on Google Scholar, ResearchGate or other place and want to find the full text of it.

Let's start with Google Scholar. You can change the settings in Google Scholar so that links to materials that NDSU has access to will be available. See directions on how to set this up on our Setting Your Preferences in Google Scholar guide.

NOTE: Sometimes the NDSU links will take you to a citation and abstract with no full text available. When that happens, please use interlibrary loan to request the article.

If you find a citation in a bibliography or online and want to track down whether the Libraries have access to it, or if you want to see if the Libraries has a subscription to a particular journal, see our How to Find Journals guide.

Finally, if you still have questions, please contact your subject librarian for assistance.


Access Issues

Unfortunately, we all occasionally have issues with accessing library resources. Here are some of the most common problems that students may encounter:

I can't login to access this database/article.
The login for databases/articles is the same login you use to log into NDSU computer labs.

After logging in, you may encounter a second authentication page that asks you to choose a device and an authentication method (Duo Push, Call Me, Passcode). For more information about this multi-factor authentication go to https://kb.ndsu.edu/99732

If you are having problems, please contact the NDSU Helpdesk at https://www.ndsu.edu/it/help/

I can’t login to my library account
The login for your library account is the same login you use to log into NDSU computer labs. If you are having problems, please contact the NDSU Helpdesk at https://www.ndsu.edu/it/help/

I can't renew this book. Why do I have library fees?
Please contact the circulation desk at (701) 231-8888 or at ndsu.library@ndsu.edu(link sends e-mail) for questions about your library account

I haven't gotten my interlibrary loan yet. When will my interlibrary loan arrive?
Please contact interlibrary loan with questions about your account at (701) 231-8885 or at ndsu.library@ndsu.edu(link sends e-mail).

Presentation Studio

NDSU Libraries' new Presentation Studio provides a quick and easy way to record audio and video of your presentations or practice sessions. All you need to bring is a USB drive – a high quality camera, microphone, professional lighting, and a monitor for showing presentations are provided.

The Presentation Studio is located next to the Math Emporium at the base of the stairs that are right next to the check-out desk.

Fall Semester Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact
(701) 231-8886

Reference Desk

Located in the Main Library, the Reference Desk is staffed by librarians during most of the hours the Main Library is open. Call us at 701-231-8886 or chat with us during opening hours.

Click here for hours, location map and more information.

Study Rooms

NDSU Libraries offers quiet spaces for you to work alone - or with your friends! Rooms are intended for academic work only - users must be NDSU students, faculty, or staff. The Main Library has 10 group study rooms available for two to 12 people. There are also 10 individual study rooms available. Library Room 110 is also available after 5 PM during the week at the Main Library. The Business Learning Center in Barry Hall has two study rooms that can accommodate up to six people.

If you have questions, please continue reading this section or contact the Circulation Desk at 231-8888.

Book a Study Room

Group Study Rooms

  • Each student may reserve a group study room once per day, for up to 4 hours.
  • If meeting with a group, the person who reserved the room must be present to check out the key.
  • There is a 30-minute grace period to check out your key. After that, depending on demand, Libraries staff may delete your reservation.

Individual Study Rooms

  • Individual study rooms are reservable in the same system as our group study rooms.  
  • Individual study rooms have a 4-hour checkout period.

Presentation Studio
The Presentation Studio is available to make video recordings of presentations, practice sessions and other academic work requiring a video.

  • Time slots are one hour.
  • The person who makes the reservation must check out the room key.
  • The Studio is reserved for academic work only – users must be NDSU students, faculty, or staff.

Graduate Learning Center
NDSU Graduate students or faculty members may reserve the Graduate Learning Center in the Main Library. Reservations are generally limited to 4 hours, but exceptions can be made in case of lecture or presentation.

Library Room 110
The Main Library has a dedicated library-use room that, after 5PM Monday-Thursday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, functions as a group study room. All privileges and limitations of group study rooms apply.

Book a Study Room