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Library Services: COVID-19 Response and Support

Library building: Hours and access

Note the revised Spring semester hours, below.

Library building access:

  • Until further notice, the Metro State Library is open to students and employees ONLY.
  • Only the First Floor is open.
  • 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, get one by mail.

Metro Library hours Spring Semester 2021:‚Äč

  • Monday through Saturday: OPEN 10am--6pm
  • Sundays: CLOSED
  • Note: The library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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. Only the first-floor study rooms are available. They are currently equipped with computers. No food or drink allowed.

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

The Dayton's Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library remains closed but 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:

How to get your ID card

The only way to request an ID is to 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. Allow 7 to 10 days for mailing and processing.

As of November 30, new IDs are no longer available in person.

Computers and printing

Computers, printers, and wi-fi are available on the first floor only 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:

  • 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