About the Library
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About the Library

The Library is located in the Learning Commons area on the main floor.

In addition to a newly expanded circulation area and group study area, the Library offers both an open computer lab and a computer classroom. A lounge reading area is another amenity that offers students additional study space and adds to the Library’s attractive and inviting environment. A copy machine is available for student use. The Student ID Card also serves as the library card, which allows for full access to MNPALS, including interlibrary loan.

Mission

The Saint Paul College Library mission is to support and enhance the educational mission of the College.

The Library provides essential educational support to the local campus community as well as to the larger library and information communities, by providing access to local, global and diverse information resources. The Library facilitates appropriate use of new and expanding technologies, as well as print resources, which are responsive to current academic and technical coursework.

Services

A collection of more than 29,000 books, 158 periodicals and 730 videos and films includes subject areas such as liberal arts and sciences, business, computer careers, health, services, technical and trade. Departmental centers house approximately 5,000 additional books and resources.

The Library offers Internet services and Internet subscriptions to resources such as Films On Demand and CQ Researcher. Student e-mail is also accessible.

The Library is integrated into the MNPALS consortium. The Library catalog is accessible on MNPALS. Access to over 100 other MNPALS libraries, including all Minnesota State Colleges & Universities campuses, some private colleges and all state agencies, as well as many public library systems, is available through interlibrary loan. Magazine articles are available in index, abstract and/or full text formats for more than 2,500 periodicals, retrospectively for five years.

Access to LUMINA, the University of Minnesota Information System, is available via MNPALS. Patron initiated interlibrary loan service via MNPALS/Minitex is an added MNPALS feature. The Library is also part of the MnLINK library system, providing statewide library and database access.

Library Staff

Library staff are committed to fulfilling the Library mission through ongoing service and education. Library staff encourage full access to library information resources and services. Lifelong learning, critical thinking skills and ongoing information literacy are emphasized. Educational guidance is provided for both print and multimedia information resources. Ongoing individual and classroom instruction is provided upon request. The Library is also committed to be an informational resource and educational support to faculty and staff.