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Saint Paul College A Community & Technical College

About the Library

The Library is located in the Learning Commons area on the main floor in room 1262.

The Library offers 26 computers with full printing, a copy machine and book scanner, a Reference Room, and the state’s largest circulating culinary collection at over 6,000 titles!

Access to electronic resources on the Library page requires a StarID login when off-campus (AllData is the only resource that are on-campus only). Checking out physical materials requires a student photo ID, state ID, or passport.


The Saint Paul College Library mission is to be the heart of Saint Paul College through commitment to exceptional service and content for our diverse, inclusive campus family. The library staff endeavors to support the college as it closely partners with students to help them achieve their dreams. We pledge to uphold Saint Paul College’s mission and to exemplify excellent educational support by providing expanding cutting edge technology, print and electronic resources and access to local and global information resources.

Library Cards

Your Student Photo ID is your Library Card. Your photo ID is required to check anything out of the Library. Our electronic resources require your StarID for access when you are off-campus, but MnLink (the statewide library catalog) requires logging in with the barcode on the back of your ID and your last name. If you do not have or have lost your student ID, we will only accept a driver’s license or state photo ID for checking out materials.

Renewal Policy

Books can be renewed twice if there are no holds on them. Reserve materials can only be used within the Library. Magazines and videos cannot be renewed - they need to be back in circulation for 24 hours before they can be checked out again.


A collection of over 270,000 books (over 250,000 of which are accessible anywhere, anytime), 158 periodicals, and 46,000 streaming videos and DVDs includes subject areas such as liberal arts and sciences, business, computer careers, health, services, technical and trade.

The Library offers digital resources such as Films On Demand (over 46,000 streaming videos), e-books (over 250,000!), and millions of articles in its databases.

The SPC Library also contains the largest culinary collection in Minnesota, at over 5,600 titles and growing. Titles can be checked out directly by MinnState students, staff, faculty, and can be found on MnLink for interlibrary loan.

The Library is integrated into the MnPALS consortium, which provides access to 59 other MnPALS libraries and millions of resources. This includes all Minnesota State Colleges & Universities campuses, some private colleges (including CLIC) and state agencies, as well as many public library systems through interlibrary loan.

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.

Resource & Collection Development Policy

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