The Metropolitan State University-Community Library and Information Center is a shared facility of the university and the St. Paul Public Library, serving not only Metropolitan Stateís need for library resources, but also providing the surrounding community with a full range of technology and informative resources. The University-Community Library and Information Access Center and Daytonís Bluff Branch library provide both young and adult users a safe and quiet place to study, access to online and person-to-person tutor services, materials and books, and community-user computers. The Daytonís Bluff Branch Library has a childrenís section with pint-size furniture and resources and activities specifically designed for children and families.
Library-Community Outreach programs, sponsored by ICES, encompass the following:
- A Zone Homework Center that provides reading, writing, math, and computer literacy tutoring as well as other schoolwork support services.
- Family literacy programs on-site at the public library that involve children, parents and family members from the East Side neighborhoods.
- Library-based literacy and cultural programming for the community.
- A Daytonís Bluff community book club co-facilitated by university and public library staff, and coordinated by the Institute with the support of university library endowment funds.
- Field trip opportunities for schools and youth groups to introduce and familiarize neighborhood teachers, children, and families with the joint library and library resources.
- Cultural/multicultural events in the library facility that are open to the public, like the Gordon Parks Galleryís Me in America exhibit which featured work by students from Daytonís Bluff Elementary School; and Saib Kuv, a digital photography show featuring young Hmong artists from In Progress, a local non-profit arts organization.
- The First Saturday Science program offers Daytonís Bluff neighborhood children of all ages to expand their exposure to science through guided experiments that explore specific fields of inquiry, introducing them to realistic options for future careers in science. The first Saturday of each month in the zone Homework Center, hands-on science activities are paired with books that compliment and reinforce the applied learning.
Current Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship programs and initiatives that are enhanced by integrating public and university library resources are the Literacy Corps, College for Kids, Middle and High School Campus Visits, the YOUniversity Middle School summer program, and the Minnesota College Goal program. Institute program coordinators work with faculty, staff and student, and the public library to integrate community-based library projects and programs that provide academic and community engagement opportunities for university students.