Community users are library patrons who are not currently students, staff or faculty at Metropolitan State University.
As a non-student user of this facility, you are able to take advantage of many of the services that we offer. These include use of:
- Public study tables and seating
- Checkout of books and audiovisual items
- Reference and research assistance
- Computer workstations -- after you sign up for an account
- Printing, faxing, and photocopying for a fee
- Study rooms on an "as available" basis
- Library materials for use in the library or for checkout
Checking Out Books and Videos
In order to take full advantage of the resources and services of the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, a community user must first obtain a Community Borrower Card at the second floor ID card desk during normal library hours of operation. You will need to show a driver's license or other official photo identification in order to get a card that will allow you access to our computers. In order to get a card that will allow you to check out books and videos, you will also need a Saint Paul Public Library card, a card from another MELSA public library, or a current ID card from MNSCU institution.
Metropolitan State will issue community borrower cards to any registered borrower in good standing with Saint Paul Public Library (or another MELSA public library) who is 13 years of age or older. Please present a driver's license or photo ID from your school. Application forms for persons under age 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian in the presence of Metropolitan State University library staff. Cards will be good for two years. Once you have your Metropolitan State card you can begin to check out materials immediately.
Using Computer Workstations
Designated computers are available for community use on the first floor of the St. Paul Campus Library & Learning Center.
Community Members may use university computers up to two hours per day. If there are more people seeking computers to use than there are computers available, priority will be given to currently-enrolled university students.