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The Metropolitan State University Library welcomes visitors and Community Members. In a unique partnership, we share our building with the Dayton's Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. You are welcome to use the services and resources of both libraries.

Community Members are library patrons who are not currently students, staff, or faculty at Metropolitan State University.

Privileges for Community Members

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
  • Check out books and other resources (with card)
  • Reference and research assistance
  • Computer workstations (with card)
  • Printing, faxing, and photocopying (for a fee)
  • Study rooms
  • computers

    Library Cards for Computer Use or Borrowing

    There are 2 kinds of library cards we issue to Community Members:

    Computer Use Only cards allow you to use computer workstations, and Borrower cards allow you to checkout books and library resources in addition to using computer stations.

    • To receive a Computer Use Only card, bring a driver's license or other official photo ID to the second floor desk during normal library hours of operation.
    • To receive a Borrower card you will also need a Saint Paul Public Library card, a card from another MELSA public library, or a current ID card from a MnSCU institution. We will need to verify that you are on good standing with the public library.

    You must be at least 13 years of age to obtain a card. 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. 

    See our borrowing information page for details about checkout periods, fines, and more.

    Using Computer Workstations

    Designated computers are available for community use on the first floor of the St. Paul campus Library & Learning Center.

    Community users are allowed three log-ins to these computers per day, each for up to 1 hour; however, each 1 hour session will be extended automatically 30 minutes an indefinite number of times depending on demand.

    If there are more people seeking computers to use than there are computers available, priority will be given to currently-enrolled university students.

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