The library staff is here to help you obtain information. Be sure to ask for assistance when it is needed.

About the Library/Facility

  • Hours, Location, Map, About Us

    What are the Library’s hours?
    Follow this link to semester hours and holiday exceptions.

    Where is the Library located within Lake Superior College?
    The Harold P. Erickson Library is located near LSC’s central entrance. Find us on a map of the College.

  • Policies: Food/Beverage, Cell phones, Computer Usage Policy

    What is the Library’s policy on food and drink?
    Food is not allowed in the Library. Drinks are allowed only as long as they are in a container with a lid or cap (something that can be closed up while you’re not drinking).

    What is the Library’s policy on cell phones?
    We ask that patrons mute their cell phones when entering the library. The large group study room, E1042, is the designated conversation and cell phone use area within the library.

  • Collections: Popular Fiction, Minnesota Collection, Art Collection, Course Reserves, Audiobooks, OverDrive

    Where do I find the Library’s online catalog?
    Click here to use the Library’s catalog. If you need help searching the catalog, you may come into the Library and speak with a Librarian or email us at lsclibrary@lsc.edu. The Library also subscribes to a downloadable library of ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive.

    Does the Library have any books for leisure reading?
    Yes! We have many works of fiction in the Library. Our Popular Fiction Collection contains a variety of genres and authors. Many novels are classified as literature and are shelved in the Main Collection by LC call number. Search our online catalog to find works by a particular author or title, or come in and browse Popular Fiction.

    What is the Minnesota Collection, and where is it located?
    The Minnesota Collection is just one of the Library’s collections of books. It’s located in the Minnesota Room at the back of the Library. Books in this collection must meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • The author is from Minnesota, spent time there, lives there now, or was influenced by the state in some way.
    • The book’s topic is some aspect of Minnesota.
    • If a work of fiction, the book is set in Minnesota.

    Minnesota Collection books may be checked out for the same period as Main Collection books.

    Does the Library have any art books? Can they be checked out?
    Yes, we have a large collection of art books in its own area across from the Minnesota Room. These include books on artists, art techniques, history of art, and architecture. Only students and LSC employees may check out art books.

    Does the Library have any audiobooks (books-on-CD or books-on-tape)? How many may be checked out at a time?
    Yes, we have a large collection of audiobooks located near the Circulation Desk. Almost all of our audiobooks are books-on-CD. Students and LSC employees may check out 2 audiobooks at a time; community members may check out 1 audiobook at a time.

    The Library also subscribes to a downloadable library of ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive.

  • Lost and Found

    Is there a lost and found in the Library?
    Yes, the lost and found is located at the Circulation Desk. There is also a lost and found at the Student Life Office.

  • Study Rooms

    Does the Library have any study rooms?
    Yes, we have 6 study and group viewing rooms available for individuals or groups. They are equipped with TV/VCRs and white boards. Study rooms can be reserved and may be checked out at the Circulation Desk for 2 hours and may be renewed. There is a fine of 1 cent per minute for late return of the room, so please renew to avoid fines.

  • Faculty Services

    What services does the Library provide for faculty?
    We offer several services for faculty.  Library instruction sessions, both for live classes and online, are popular.  Faculty may also put items on reserve and request that books and other materials be ordered to support their programs.

Borrowing / Circulation

  • Loan periods

    How many books can I check out at a time and for how long?
    Students may check out up to 5 items at a time for 4 weeks with 2 renewals. The limit for audiobooks is 2 at a time. Items may be renewed online at MnPals by choosing My Account.

  • Overdues & fines
  • Lost materials

    The library changes the status of long overdue materials to LOST and fines patrons $50.00 per item. A hold is placed on patron’s academic records when they have LOST materials. Once items are returned, patrons need only pay for the overdue fee, typically $2.o0, and holds are released. Please contact the library with any questions about LOST materials.

  • Check My Account

    Check Your Account and Renew Items in MnPALS
    Find and click on “My account” at the top of the MnPALS catalog main page.

    • Login using the 14-digit barcode on the back of your LSC ID card and your password (generally your last name). This will display your “account,” which will include your loans, hold requests, fines, etc.
    • To display the items you have checked out and their due dates, click on Loans.
    • To renew a specific item, click on the title to be renewed, then click on the renew link. If there are no conflicts (for example, another person has a hold on the item), the system will change the due date and return to the loans list.
    • To renew all items simultaneously, from the loans list click on “Renew All;” if there are conflicts (e.g., a hold on an item) they will be listed in a new window. Otherwise the system will indicate that the renew all was successful.

    How do I find out what books I have checked out and when they’re due?
    You can access your library account online through the Library’s catalog. You can also ask at the Circulation Desk.

    How do I check out books, study rooms, etc.?
    Bring your LSC student ID with your library barcode on the back or your LSC library card (community members and online students) to the Circulation Desk to check out materials.

  • Renew items

    How do I renew my items?
    Find and click on “My account” at the top of the MnPALS catalog main page.

    • Login using the 14-digit barcode on the back of your LSC ID card and your password (generally your last name). This will display your “account,” which will include your loans, hold requests, fines, etc.
    • To display the items you have checked out and their due dates, click on Loans.
    • To renew a specific item, click on the title to be renewed, then click on the renew link. If there are no conflicts (for example, another person has a hold on the item), the system will change the due date and return to the loans list.
    • To renew all items simultaneously, from the loans list click on “Renew All;” if there are conflicts (e.g., a hold on an item) they will be listed in a new window. Otherwise the system will indicate that the renew all was successful.
  • Library card / Library barcode

    What if I don’t have a library barcode?
    If you don’t have a library barcode, you can bring your LSC student ID to the Circulation Desk, and we will put a barcode on the back. If you don’t have an LSC student ID, you can obtain one from the Student Life office. (View a map of the College.)
    If you are an online or distance student, you can request a library barcode online. Your library barcode number will be sent to you through your LSC student e-mail account.

    How do I request a Library barcode online?
    Click on the Request a Library Barcode link and fill out the online form. *Note: only currently enrolled online students may use the online form. All others must apply in person at the Library Circulation Desk. *You will receive your new barcode number via your LSC student e-mail account within two business days.

    I don’t have my library barcode number, and I need to use the online databases from home. What do I do?
    You may call the Circulation Desk at (218) 733-5912 during open hours, or students may use the Request a Library Barcode link. Once you have filled out the form and submitted it, you should receive your current library barcode via your LSC student e-mail account within one business day.

  • Interlibrary Loan

    What is Interlibrary Loan, and how do I use it?
    Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, is a way of obtaining materials that the LSC Library doesn’t own. Only students and LSC employees may use this service. To request an item, find what you need in the catalog then click on “request item” then fill out required information. If you are having problems with the form, use Ask a Librarian or come in for help. Materials usually take 5-7 days to arrive at the Library; please plan accordingly.

  • Course Reserves

    Where do I find materials my instructors have put on reserve at the Library?
    All reserve materials are located behind the Circulation Desk. Look under Course Reserves in the library catalog by instructor or class number. Most reserves are checked out for 2 hours. You will need your library barcode to check out reserves.

  • Community Members

    I’m not a student at LSC. Can I get a library card?
    Anyone who is not an LSC student or employee, or students who are not currently registered for classes, may get a Community Library Card. Community cards have privileges similar to student cards with the following exceptions:

    • No checkout of Art Collection books
    • No checkout of Oversize books
    • No access to Library databases from off-campus
    • No use of Interlibrary Loan. Community members must use their local public library for Interlibrary Loan.

    Community members must apply for a library card in person at the Circulation Desk. The card is valid for one year from date of issuance.

Computers: Printing / Copying / Scanning

  • Printing costs

    Can I print materials in the library?
    You will need to log in to use your PaperCut account to print in the library. Printing in black-and-white is 5 cents per page. Printing in color is available in the TSC and the Copy Center.

    What do I need in order to print from the Library computers?
    All Library computers use the PaperCut system for printing. To add more money to your account you will need to go to the Student Payment Office. Printing in black-and-white is 5 cents per page.

    Where is the copier in the Library? How much does it cost to make copies?
    The copier is located near the front of the Library. To make photocopies you will need to log into your PaperCut account; each copy is 5 cents.

    Can I get help with printing problems?
    Yes. The Technology Support Center, E1001, can help with all computer and printing questions.

  • Copy machine
  • Printing in color

    Can I print in color?
    Yes, color printing is available in the Technology Support Center for 50 cents per page. Also, the Copy Center provides color printing, poster printing, photocopying, and mail services.

  • Scanning

    Is there a scanner available in the Library?
    Patrons with LSC email accounts may scan and send documents to the Library’s copy machine for printing.

  • Wireless access

    Is there Wirless Internet in the Library?
    Patrons can access the LSC wireless network from the Library.

  • Headphones

    Does the Library have headphones?
    Students may check out headphones at the Circulation Desk for in Library use.

  • Technology Support

    What is the Technology Support Center, and where is it located?
    The Technology Support Center is a computer lab located at E1001. There are 30 computers for student and community member use. You can get help with printing, software use, and general computer assistance in the Technology Support Center. There is also a Quiet Computer Lab in S2960. The Quiet Lab has over 60 computers for your use.

Research / Citation Help

  • Research Quickstart

    What is Research Quickstart, and how do I use it?
    Research Quickstart is a resource developed by the University of Minnesota to assist students with research. Students can search under their subjects for research materials and calculate assignments timelines with the Assignment Calculator.

    Where do I start my research papers?
    Research Quickstart located on the library homepage is a great place to begin your research. Search by your subject to access a variety of resources for your research.

  • Course Quickstart

    How do I access Course Quickstart?
    Go to Course Quickstart here.

  • Accessing databases from off-campus

    What is a database?
    A database is a searchable collection of journals and magazines. Some databases have only journal citation or abstract information available, while others have many full-text journal articles that can be printed from a computer.

    What databases does the Library have?
    The Library subscribes to over twenty databases, and there are also free databases and resources online. Click here to see a list of our databases. Our databases are available both on campus and off campus.

    What is the Online Reference Collection?
    It’s a collection of online resources you can use for your research paper or project. It is divided into several categories, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, almanacs, maps and geography, and writing and quotations. Click here to see a list of these resources.

    How do I access the Library’s databases when I’m not at LSC?
    In order to search our databases when you’re off-campus, you will need your library barcode number (21276…) and your password (usually your last name). Most databases require you to login, but the free Internet reference sites in the Online Reference Collection and PubMed do not. If you experience problems logging in, call the Circulation Desk (218-733-5912) during open hours.

    I’m not an LSC student; can I access the databases from home?
    Only LSC students and employees with a valid library barcode number may access the Library databases from off-campus.

  • Finding Materials - How do I search for books?

    How do I find books and other materials?
    Search the Library’s online catalog to locate books, audiobooks, and other materials. Books are organized by LC (Library of Congress Classification) call numbers. If you need help finding a book, ask at the Reference or Circulation Desks.

    Where do I search for books?
    Go to the online catalog to search for books, videos, and audiobooks. If you don’t find what you need, request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

  • Finding Materials - How do I search for articles?

    Where do I search for magazine and journal articles?
    Use one or more of the Library’s databases to search for articles. Below is a list of our most popular databases. To see a complete list, click here.

    • Academic Search Premier
    • Expanded Academic ASAP
    • Business Source Premier
    • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    • Health Reference Center
    • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    • PubMed
    • NetLibrary
  • Finding Materials - How do I use the Interlibrary Loan?

    Where do I find resources the Library doesn’t own?
    First search the Library’s catalog to determine whether we own the item. If the item is checked out, you may place a hold on it to have it set aside for you when it’s returned. If the Library doesn’t own the item, use Interlibrary Loan to request that the item be sent to our library. When it arrives, you’ll be notified by e-mail.

  • Citation assistance

    Where can I get answers about copyright?
    You can start here

    I need help with my paper citations. Where do I go?
    The Library has several copies of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for use in the Library and available for checkout. There are also excellent online citation resources for when you can’t get to the Library. If you find you still need assistance after consulting these sources, stop into the Library (hours) or use Ask a Librarian.

  • Local Libraries

    What are some other libraries in the area and in the Minnesota system?
    Below are links to local and Minnesota libraries:

  • Ask a Librarian

    Where can I get help?
    You can come into the Library during open hours, you can call and speak to a librarian, or you can send an email to the library at lsclibrary@lsc.edu.

    What is Ask a Librarian?
    Ask A Librarian is an excellent way to get answers to your questions about starting your research, sources to use, citation help, Interlibrary Loan, and anything else you need to know about our Library services when you can’t visit in person. A librarian will answer your questions promptly through the e-mail address you provide.