Research/IT Desk

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Reference Librarians and Carl Techs (student computing workers) at your service!

The Research/IT desk is the large desk in the middle of the reference room on the 4th (main) floor of the library. The desk is staffed by reference librarians and Carl Techs who can help you with any problems or questions you have while doing research at the library. Stop by if you're not sure how to go forward in your research, if you're having trouble with a printer, or if you need to know how to use EndNote.

Telephone requests for research assistance can be made to the Research/IT Desk number at (507) 222-4264.

If you have complex or in-depth research needs

Feel free to make an appointment directly with one of our reference librarians. Call or email your librarian to make an appointment, or take a look at their schedule posted on their office door. Librarians' offices are located along west wall of the 4th floor.

Reference Librarian Hours

Academic Term:

Librarians staff the Research/IT desk during the following hours:

  • Monday–Thursday: 10 am–5 pm, 7 pm–9 pm
  • Friday: 10 am–5 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm–5 pm, 7 pm–9 pm

Feel free to make an appointment directly with a reference librarian. Librarians' offices are located along west wall of the reference room on the 4th floor, and in offices 420 and 421, just west of the Rookery.

Summer, Winter, and Spring Breaks:

A reference librarian is on call during the following hours:

  • Monday–Friday: 10 am-noon, 1 pm-4 pm

You can page the librarian on call from the phone on the Research/IT desk, or look for the "Reference Librarian is IN" sign on the librarian's office door.

CarlTech hours during the academic term:
  • Monday-Thursday: 8:30am – 1:00am
  • Friday: 8:30am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 1:00am

Assistive Technology in the Library

The Library collaborates with SCIC and Student Health and Counseling to provide assistive technology resources to complement student computing needs, particularly in support of students with physical or learning disabilities.

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