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How do I get to the library?

The St. Paul Library & Learning Center is located on the St. Paul Campus of Metropolitan State University at 645 E. Seventh Street (off Interstate 94 at Mounds Blvd). Visit our location page for directions and a map.

Where can I get my student ID made or replace a lost ID?

A student ID card is an essential tool for checking out resources from our library and checking out books in-person from other MnSCU libraries. We strongly encourage you to get your photo ID as soon as possible. You can do so in person, by mail, or by email. See our Photo ID Services page for more information.

Where is the library lost & found located?

The Lost and Found for the Library and Learning Center is located at the Computer Help Desk on the first floor of the St. Paul Campus Library.

You can inquire about a lost item by calling (651) 793-1634, or by email at library.computerdesk@metrostate.edu.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

If you need an item not available in the Metropolitan State library collection, our Interlibrary Loan Service can help. We will search for libraries that own the book, article, or audio/visual material that you need and arrange to have it sent to our library for you to pick up.

In most cases, articles (and copies of book chapters) can be delivered to you electronically so you don't even need to come to campus!

How can I get help using the library?

You can get assistance from a reference librarian in several ways: by phone, in person, chat, or via email. Reference librarians can help you find scholarly resources of all types and can help you learn a variety of research skills. You can also contact our Computer Help Desk at 651-793-1634 with questions about technology, and our main information line (Circulation Desk) at 651-793-1616 for general questions about the library or your library account.

How do I find scholarly articles or books for my research paper? Where do I start?

You can use the library's many online tools and databases to search for scholarly information on just about every subject. Try these resources first:

One Search

Library One Search is a tool that searches across may of our library databases and our catalog at once. Enter a search phrase into the box and then use the checkboxes on the left to limit the search results by type or format. 

Library Guides

Another good place to start your research is to visit our Library Guides page. These guides provide you with a list of resources for just about any subject!

How do I find books, ebooks, and videos in the library?

Search our online catalog, MnPALS Plus, for books, ebooks, streaming videos, DVDs, and more in the Metropolitan State University Library collection. Do a title or author search if you are searching for an item you know exists. Use the keyword or subject heading keyword search to find all items on that subject that the library has. Books and DVDs held in the library can be found on the shelves (write down the call number and title). Streaming films and ebooks can be accessed from any computer.

How do I renew items or see what I have checked out?

To check your library account, go to My Account in our MnPALS library catalog. There, you can renew items or view your patron record using your StarID.

If you would like to renew an item that you retrieved through Interlibrary Loan, do so through My Account or contact our Interlibrary Loan staff at 651-793-1625.

My professor says I need to "cite my resources." How do I cite?

There are a variety of citation styles that you can use to cite your sources when writing a research paper. Most frequently you will use MLA or APA. The library has a Citations Page with handouts and tools for a variety of citation styles. You can pick up handouts with citation examples at the reference desk in St. Paul. The Writing Center also offers free writing support for the university's students, faculty, and staff.

My professor put an article on e-reserve. How do I find it?

To find a resource that is on e-reserve, visit the Library Homepage and click on the E-Reserves link.You can search for your course by Course Number, Course Name, Department, or Instructor by using the blue drop-down arrow. You will be prompted for a password that your instructor should supply to you. Once you have entered the password you will be able to view any documents that your instructor has put on e-reserve.

What can I check out from the library?  What types of things does the library own?

At the library you can check out books, DVDs, CDs, laptops, digital cameras and video cameras, voice recorders, calculators, and more. For a complete list, please visit our borrowing information page.

Is wireless internet available in the library? How do I connect to Wi-Fi in the library?

Wireless network coverage is available to MetroState students, faculty and staff. Information Technology Services (ITS) provides instructions on how to configure your laptop to Metrostate wireless.

The Dayton's Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library also provides wireless internet access to the public.

You are welcome to use the Public Library's Wi-Fi during hours the Public Library is open. To connect your wireless-enabled laptop to the public Wi-Fi, choose the wireless network connection named "Library".


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