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Reference Collection -- 2nd Floor

Examples of materials in the Reference Collection include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs. Since library patrons usually do not need more than a few pages from any of these books, this collection does not circulate.

Government Documents — Federal and State of Minnesota, atlases, maps and posters-3rd floor

SMSU’s Library is part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), which was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The FDLP involves the acquisition, format conversion, and distribution of depository materials to libraries throughout the United States. The Library receives around 25% of all materials published by the Government Printing Office.
The Government Documents collection also has many publications from the State of Minnesota, providing contemporary and historic data and descriptions of Minnesota’s people, places, and environment.
Materials in this collection, including books, pamphlets, electronic resources, atlases, maps and posters, are listed in the Library’s catalog.


 Striegel Archives—5th floor Open by appointment only 

Digital Archives - Student newspapers and the alumni magazine, FOCUS, are available for full-text searching. 

The Striegel Archives (named after a retired SMSU librarian) houses materials considered significant enough to SMSU to merit a permanent place in the Library. These materials are available to researchers during regular Library hours by appointment.

The largest collection in the Archives documents the history of SMSU administration, classes and student body, including committee minutes, program reviews, photographs, playbills, and oral histories.

The Library houses one copy of theses and action research projects submitted by SMSU graduate students in the Archives. When circulating copies are checked out or missing, the archived copies are available to be used on site.

The Archives also houses a 200+-volume autographed collection from a Marshall attorney, many by famous authors.

To schedule an appointment to use materials in the archives, contact Pam Gladis (x6813). 

Media – Current (2nd floor) and Archived (5th floor)

Current media (videos, DVDs, CDs) refers to media that plays on technology familiar to most undergraduates and relates to SMSU’s educational mission. Archived media (filmstrips, reel-to-reel film) plays on technology that is not easily found in today’s marketplace. Patrons may check media items out or arrange to view/listen to them in the library. The Library does not guarantee working equipment for all forms of archived media and reserves the right to not lend materials that are deemed fragile, unique to SMSU, or historically valuable. 

Microfilm and Microfiche

Pre-Internet, libraries were able to save space by purchasing some materials on microfilm and microfiche. These clear plastic cards and rolls have miniature copies of many publications that can be viewed on special machines, called readers. Microfilm and microfiche are still important parts of the Library’s collections. Older journals and newspapers not yet available on the Internet are on the 5th floor. Readers are on 3rd and 5th floors, and a reader/printer is on 5th floor.

 Children’s and Young Adults Books—4th floor

The Library supports the Education program by making available fiction and non-fiction appropriate for elementary and secondary students. Popular, classic and award-winning books commonly used in school curriculums are available for checkout. This collection includes all Caldecott Medal books and many Newbery Medal books.

Story Image Pat Carmody is Cowan Award Winner

Registrar Pat Carmody is the 2017 Cowain Award Winner, and will receive a special medal during Commencement exercises May 6.

Story Image Dene Kay Thomas is Commencement Speaker

Dr. Dene Kay Thomas, president of Fort Lewis College and an SMSU alumna, is this year's Commencement speaker

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