Library Services for Community Members

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center 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.


As non-student users, you may take advantage of many of our services, including:

  • public study tables and seating
  • check out books and other resources (with card)
  • reference and research assistance
  • computer workstations (with card)
  • printing and photocopying (for a fee)
  • study rooms


  • computer use only card:
    • Bring a Driver's License or other official photo ID to the 2nd floor desk.
    • 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 library staff.
  • borrower card:
    • In addition to your photo ID, you will need a Saint Paul Public Library card, a card from another MELSA public library, or a current ID card from a Minnesota State institution.
    • We will need to verify you are in good standing with the public library. See our Checkouts and renewals page for details about check-out periods, fines and more.

Computer workstations

Designated computers are available for community use on the first floor of the library. Community users are allowed three log-ins to these computers per day, each for up to one hour. However, each one hour session will be extended automatically by 15 minute increments until there is demand for the workstation. When there are more people seeking computer use than there are workstations available, priority will be given to currently-enrolled university students.

Database Access

Community users may access Metropolitan State online databases from workstations in the library. Current license agreements do not permit off-campus access to alumni users. The State of Minnesota offers remote access to many online databases through Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM).

Access Electronic Library of Minnesota.