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Library Services: COVID-19 Response and Support

Library building: Hours and access

Until further notice, the library building is open to students and employees ONLY. Use your university ID at the card readers at the ground floor east entrance (parking lot side) to enter. Security personnel are on-hand to assist. Remember to please complete your COVID-19 self-screening test before arriving on campus. You must wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in the building.

If you do not have a university ID, go to the main ground floor entrance by the visitor parking lot off East 7th Street for an escort to the service desk to get one.

Building hours Fall:‚Äč

  • Monday through Thursday: OPEN Noon–8 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays: OPEN 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Sundays: CLOSED

Study rooms:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, study rooms are for individual use only; group study is not allowed. The children of parents are exempt from this policy.

Community members and alumni:

We regret the inconvenience, but the library is closed to you at this time. You may access online library resources, e.g. ebooks, ejournals, research databases, and research assistance through your home public library's website or through https://elibrarymn.org/

The Dayton's Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library remains closed and at least through September is providing appointment-based "workforce services and support to Saint Paul residents as they seek employment, build career skills, and navigate career transitions." See the following site for hours and more information: https://sppl.org/career-labs/

How to get your ID card

There's no need to come to the Library to obtain your ID card! Save time and avoid the lines by simply following these instructions:

To request an ID, email library.circulation@metrostate.edu with:

  • A color photo of yourself
  • A picture or scan of your Minnesota driver's license or equivalent
  • Your 8-digit student ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • Your mailing address

Your ID will be mailed to the address provided. Allow 7 to 10 days for mailing and processing.

You may also obtain your student ID in-person at the Library. Please refer to the building access information above, and let the security officer know you are there to get an ID.

Computers and printing

Computers, printers, and wi-fi are available on the first and second floors of the library during the hours the building is open.

Please practice social distancing. If you need computer assistance, go to the second floor.

Other campus computer labs are also available:

  • Student Center:  Monday-Friday, 9am - 1pm
  • Midway Center:  Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Management Education Center:  Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 5pm; Friday 8:30am - noon
  • Hennepin Technical College (next to LECJEC), rm F111:  Monday-Thursday 11am - 7pm; Friday 8am - 4pm