Stop One: Circulation
Just through the front doors of the Main Library you’ll find the Circulation Desk. The Circulation Desk is
where you can check out books and other library materials with your NDSU ID Card. This is also where
you will pick up any items that you have requested or that are on reserve for one of your courses.
The Circulation Desk also has study rooms, white board materials, head phones and lockers available for
Stop Two: Government Documents/Main Stacks
(In order to arrive at Stop Two, go up the main staircase and take a left once you are on the second
The NDSU Libraries are a Federal Depository. Through the Federal Depository Library Program, Federal
Government publications are made available for free public use in Federal Depository Libraries. Anyone
can visit Federal Depository Libraries and access resources. The University of North Dakota is also a
Federal Depository Library and, between the two colleges, all Federal Government publications are
available. Many of the Government Documents are searchable through the online catalog and are
available for checkout with your NDSU ID card.
Past the Government Documents section you will see the main stacks which continue throughout the
second floor. These shelves hold the general book collection of the library. The books in these stacks
are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System. If you have trouble finding the books that
you need, you will find signs posted around the stacks with the phone number for the circulation desk.
Call this number, and a library staff member will come to your aid!
Stop Three: Subject Librarians
(Follow the self-guided tour signs to the upper-level of the second floor, turn right, and continue until
you reach the brick wall and turn left).
These are subject specialists that can help you with subject-specific research. Not sure where to start
with your Psychology research? Contact Marilyn Hedberg, our Health Sciences Librarian. You can find a
complete list of subject librarians on the libraries’ website. If you would like assistance from a subject
librarian, feel free to knock on their office door to see if they are available, or find their contact
information on the library website.
Stop Four: Study Rooms
(To arrive at Stop Four, keep following the stacks until you get to the end, then turn left).
You’ve noticed plenty of tables and chairs available for quiet study spaces, however, study rooms are
also available for groups and individuals. Many study rooms have a whiteboard, and one has a
DVD/VCR. If you would like to check out a study room, you may do so at the Circulation Desk. Study
rooms can also be reserved in advance!
Stop Five: Theses Collection
(To find Stop Five, continue to the lower level of the second floor and walk until you are in front of the
The Thesis Collection is the collected theses and dissertations written by NDSU graduates. These
materials are arranged by year published and author’s last name. Theses and dissertations are available
for checkout just like books or other library materials.
Stop Six: The Shott Collection/Current Newspapers
(Go back down the main stair case, opposite the Theses Collection, to find Stop Six).
Need a break from studying? Stop by the Weber Reading Room. The Weber Reading Rooms holds the
Shott Collection, a collection of recreational fiction and non-fiction titles available in both print and
audiobook formats. The Shott Collection also includes comfortable seating and a fireplace.
Current newspapers are available directly outside the Weber Reading Room.
Stop Seven: The Center for Writers
(Head down the staircase to the right of the Shott Collection. Stop Seven is at the bottom of the
The Center for Writers is located in the lower level of the Main Library building. Here, students, faculty
and staff of NDSU can receive free, one-on-one consultations for writing projects.
Stop Eight: Computer Clusters and study areas
(For Stop Eight, continue down the hallway and turn right, keep going).
There are three ITS computer clusters available in the lower level. Any NDSU affiliate can use these
computers. Your electronic ID and password are required to sign on.
Across from the computer clusters is a large study area. This area includes tables and chairs, arm chairs,
two study rooms and vending machines.
As you walk toward the staircase exit you will notice a set of lockers. Like the study rooms, these lockers
are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.
Stop Nine: The Reference Area
(To find Stop Nine, continue toward the exit sign, go up one flight of stairs, and follow the exit sings out
to the reference area).
In the reference area you will find many things. When you first enter the area from the stair
case you will see the reference stacks. These stacks contain dictionaries, encyclopedias,
directories, handbooks, almanacs, biographical sources, printed indexes abstracts and other
materials. These items cannot be checked out but are available for use in the library.
Collections in the reference area also include the folios and the print periodicals section. Of
course, if you need help locating any of these items ask the reference librarian on duty. You
can find the reference librarian at the reference desk. The staff at the reference desk are here
to assist you with your library research questions and provide instruction in the use of
electronic and print resources in the library. Never be afraid to ask for help!
In the reference area you will also find more ITS computer clusters and plenty of study spaces.
Stop Ten: Media Collection/Interlibrary Loan
(To pass Stop Ten, walk from the Reference Area toward the front doors of the building).
On your way from the Reference Area toward the front doors, you will pass the library’s media
collection and Interlibrary Loan office. The media collection includes dvd’s, vhs and cd’s that
are available for checkout.
Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by the NDSU Libraries that enables you to borrow books
and other materials from other libraries, free of cost, if the NDSU Libraries do not own the item.
You can fill out an ILL request form on the Libraries’ website; when your requested item arrives,
you can pick it up at the circulation desk.
This concludes the self-guided tour of the Main Library. Questions? Find a library staff member
– we’re here to help!