Research/IT Desk

Reference Librarians and CarlTechs 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 find a specific item like an article or book.

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

You may also make an appointment directly with one of our reference librarians. To make an appointment, use their online appointment schedulers, call, or email. Librarians' offices are located along west wall and southwest hallway of the 4th floor. 


Reference Librarian Hours at the Research/IT Desk

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

You may also schedule an appointment directly with a reference librarian. Librarians' offices are located along west wall of the reference room and the southwest hallway on the 4th floor.


Summer, Winter, and Spring Breaks:

A reference librarian is on call during the following hours:

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

Please page the librarian on call from the phone on the Research/IT desk.


CarlTech hours at the Research/IT Desk

CarlTech support is available in the library during the academic term. Please see their CarlPedia page for hours and details.