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Library Services: COVID-19 Response and Support

Library building: Hours and access

Library building access:

  • Until further notice, the Metro State Library is open to students and employees ONLY. See here for Dayton's Bluff branch access.
  • 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. 
  • You are required to wear a mask over your nose and mouth while in the building.
  • If you do not have a university ID, get one by mail.

Metro State Library hours fall 2021 (beginning August 23):

  • Monday through Thursday: OPEN 8am--8pm
  • Friday and Saturday: OPEN 10am--6pm
  • Sundays: CLOSED
  • Closed for holidays September 4-6, November 25-28

Study rooms:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, study rooms are for 1-2 individuals only; group study is not allowed. The children of parents are exempt from this policy. The rooms are currently equipped with computers.

Community members and alumni:

We regret the inconvenience, but the Metro State Library is closed to you at this time. See below for Dayton's Bluff branch access. You may access online library resources, e.g. ebooks, ejournals, research databases, and research assistance through your home public library's website or through


How to get your ID card

The request an ID, email 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. As of August 31, 2021, we’re experiencing ID card shortages from our vendor, so we will mail you your card as soon as we receive our next shipment

To get an ID card in-person, visit the Library (2nd floor). You will be asked to show a valid, government-issued photo ID (for example, a driver’s license or passport).

Dayton's Bluff branch of St. Paul Public Library

The Dayton's Bluff Branch of the St. Paul Public Library, located within the Library and Learning Center building, is now open for regular services, masks required.

Dayton's Bluff open hours

Computers and printing

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

Please practice social distancing. If you need computer assistance, phone (651) 793-1624.

Other campus computer labs are also available: