• Macyn Flatmoe

Gordon B. Olson library serves student needs

From printing to studying to receiving consultation on a subject, the Gordon B. Olson Library offers a wide variety of services for students attending Minot State University.

Whatever a student needs, odds are they’ll be able to find it, or get help finding it, just by taking a quick trip to the library. Stepping in, students can immediately find the help they need by stopping at the staff information desk by the front door, where staff are stationed 67.5 hours of the 78 hours the library is open during the week.

Library staff are available to answer questions in person, by email, or even by phone. If a question is more complex or takes more time to figure out, appointments for a research consultation can be done individually or in a small group.

Along with offering assistance, the library provides study rooms where students can go for a private setting to study either by themselves or with a group. The study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 12 study rooms spread between all three levels of the library, with smaller rooms perfect for solo studying. Even a mother’s room is available for parents to feed their infants.

“Students really love the study rooms that are on the north and south side of the upper level of the library,” Library Director Jane la Plante said. “Those are really very popular, especially with COVID.”

Inside these study rooms, or anywhere around the library, students can enjoy the amenities the library has to offer. These include printing in black and white or color, scanning and copying, and microfilm/microfiche readers that allow students to view and print materials in microform.

Students can access these devices either through their personal computers or through the computers at the library. Typically, there are 31 PCs and four Macs available for public use. However, due to COVID-19, in order to keep distancing protocol, they currently offer 23 PCs and two Macs.

The textbook reserve is another service that is very beneficial for students. Currently, there are 98 books in this program, plus service materials placed by faculty for the use of students in their classes. With this program, students can check out a textbook for a single day and return them once they are done.

Along with the textbook reserve program, the library has access to 75 different print journals and 2,791 online journals, as well as items available for check out, including graphing calculators, drafting compass sets, headphones, and even colored pencils.

Students don’t only come to the library to use the printers and find a quiet place to study. According to la Plante, one of the most popular items they have is their collections.

The library has collections of CDs, children’s books, and even specific documents about or written by North Dakotans.

If students have questions, need to print a specific document, need information about any subject, or are looking for a great place to study, Minot State’s Gordon B. Olson Library can help in just about any way. Even if students are looking for a job, they’re always looking for good student workers to hire. For more information, contact la Plante at jane.laplante@minotstateu.edu.

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