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Summer Session Library Hours


The library’s summer hours begin on Wednesday, May 13th and continue through July 31st. The library will be open from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday, and will be closed weekends.

The library’s hours for Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th will be 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.

For detailed hours information, see:

See you in the Library!

Special Note:

Beginning July 1st and continuing to the end of Summer Session 2011, the Library will be open Monday through Thursday only.

Hours for the rest of Spring semester


Hours for the rest of Spring semester:

The Library will be open for normal academic year hours through Wednesday, May 6.

On Thursday, May 7 (the last day of final exams), the Library will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. On Friday, May 8, the Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:46 a.m.  

The Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, and will begin Summer Semester hours on Monday, May 11 (M-F 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.).

For a list of upcoming hours, click here.

Good luck on finals, students!

Library Graduate Assistantship Available!


The A. C. Clark Library is seeking candidates for a graduate assistantship in the library, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The posting is available on the School of Graduate Studies web site:

Applications and questions can be directed to:

Dianne Narum, Chair of Library and Library Services, at 755-3340 or

Extended Library Hours Friday, April 24


The Library will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:45 p.m. on Friday, April 24. For the complete listing of Finals Week hours and hours for Summer Semester 2015, see the library hours page:
Good luck on final exams, everyone!

MnPALS Library Catalog downtime this Saturday and Sunday, 4/11 and 4/12


The MnPALS Library Catalog will be down from early morning this Saturday (4/11) until sometime late in the afternoon on Sunday (4/12), due to a system upgrade.

During this downtime, the library catalog and Library Search will both be available, but the library catalog will not show live availability information. “My Library Account” and Interlibrary Loan request forms through the library web site will also not be available during this time, so users should plan accordingly to renew items or initiate Interlibrary Loan requests before the downtime.

(Please note that Interlibrary Loan users can enter requests through the MnLINK Gateway during the downtime, and these requests will be processed once the system comes back up on April 12.)

If you have any questions, please call the Reference Desk at 755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234).

Upcoming hours for Sunday, April 5 (Easter)


The library will not open until 6:00 p.m., this coming Sunday, April 5.

For a library hours information, click here.

Library opening at 7 AM Monday-Friday, starting March 23rd


We are pleased to announce extended hours for the rest of Spring semester, starting, Monday, March 23.

New hours (changes are in bold/italics):

Sundays:  1 pm to 11:45 pm

Mondays through Thursdays:  7:00 am to 11:45 pm

Fridays: 7:00 am to 4:45 pm

Saturdays: 11 am to 4:45 pm

Hours for special dates can be found on our webpage:

New Interlibrary Loan Hours for Spring Semester


Starting Spring Semester 2015, the operating hours for the Interlibrary Loan service will be Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Please check the Library Hours for exceptions.

For more information about the Interlibrary Loan services, click here.

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break


Just a reminder of the Library’s hours from Monday, November 24 through Saturday, November 29. From Monday, November 24 through Wednesday November 26, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The library will then be closed from Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29. The Library resumes its normal hours on Sunday, November 30.

Have a nice break!

New Technology Available in the Library


We are pleased to announce several updates to the Library’s technology offerings for students, faculty, and staff.

Over the summer, 32 fully-loaded computers with all BSU software programs became available on the 3rd floor of the Library.  The computers are dual-boot, running both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Also, a plasma screen TV and SmartBoard have been installed in the Library’s computer-equipped study rooms–great for groups of students needing to work collaboratively on projects.

Information Technology Services students are still available to help with technology questions and issues during all the hours the library is open, at the Library 3rd floor and 1st floor Technical Support desks.

As always, if you need research assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk. We’re here to help!

Banned Books Week Poll Results


Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to see our display in the Union, as well as those of you who mentioned Banned Books Week in your classes–we had a great turn out.

As promised, here are the results from our poll:

The top 10 most frequently read banned/challenged books at BSU:

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 75%
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 70%
Anne Frank: The diary of a young girl, by Anne Frank 66%
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 64%
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 60%
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 53%
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 49%
Animal Farm, by George Orwell 48%
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey 48%
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 47%

Keep reading those dangerous books!

September 21st - 27th is Banned Books Week!


September 21st - 27th is Banned Books Week!

In 2013, the Office for Intellectual Freedom reported over 300 challenges to have books banned from libraries (American Library Association,

How can you be an advocate for the freedom to read?

  • Join with the A.C. Clark Library in celebrating your right to read.  You are invited to stop by the Scandinavian Room in the lower union on Monday or Tuesday, September 22st or 23nd to view our banned books display and browse our selection of FREE BOOKS!
  • Help us determine the most notorious book read by BSU students, faculty, and staff! We encourage you to take this informal poll:   Results will be posted on Friday, September 26th.

A.C. Clark Library’s Banned Books Display & Free Book Giveaway

Monday - Tuesday

September 22 - 23

11 am to 1 pm (both days)

Scandinavian Room, lower union

Try out the New Library Search


The Library is providing another option for searching library resources, available on the home page in the “New Search Tab” or through the link below:

More information is here:

Let us know what you think!

New hours for the Library!


We are pleased to announce extended hours for the spring semester, starting January 13th.


New hours (changes are in bold/italics):

Sundays:  1 pm to 11:45 pm

Mondays through Thursdays:  7:45 am to 11:45 pm

Fridays: 7:45 am to 8:45 pm

Saturdays: 11 am to 4:45 pm


Hours for special dates can be found on our webpage:

Library Seeking Feedback on New Search


Though as yet unnamed and still in development, the Library is test-driving a new search, and we would love to hear comments and feedback from the University community. The search will display results from the library catalog (books, DVDs, etc.) in one “channel” on the page, and results from a large percentage of our journal and other electronic holdings in the other “channel”. Both “channels” can be expanded to view one or the other type of result:

Please note that not all of the Library’s holdings are searchable through the interface (though a good percentage is). The tool is intended for quick searching for the novice user, when he or she needs to see a selection of what the library has on a certain topic. Searchers looking for a specific article, journal, or book should use the tools on the library home page.

Also, please note that the library catalog portion of the search does NOT display current availability and other data during this test period, but will when the live search is implemented.

Let us know what you think by sending your responses via the Ask A Question form. We value your input!


A. C. Clark Library

New Feature in Films on Demand Streaming Service


For library users who may be using Films on Demand (video streaming collections)….these “custom clip” and transcript search tools may be of interest.


Delivery of Articles from The Bemidji Pioneer


As a special service to individuals, the staff of the BSU Interlibrary Loan Office fulfill requests for copies from The Bemidji Pioneer. For more information about this special service, click here.


eBooks Available through JSTOR and Project MUSE


The Library is pleased to announce the addition of hundreds of eBooks to our JSTOR and Project MUSE collections, searchable through their respective platform.  For more information, see:

JSTOR eBooks

  •  JSTOR eBook Help and Support


Project MUSE eBooks:

●            FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

●            Tutorials and user guides

Hot Topic: Affordable Care Act and MNSure Info


Visit for information on the Affordable Care Act and to sign up for coverage. Minnesotans may visit the MNSure website, or call 1-855-3MNSURE (1-855-366-7873 toll-free) for information on the health insurance marketplace specifically for Minnesota residents. The authentic, digital version of the Affordable Care Act is available on the United States Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (

A.C. Clark Library New Online Resources


We would like to point your attention to two new online resources that have been added to the library’s Online Resources page:

Films on Demand
A streaming video and multimedia database that includes thousands of videos in many subject areas, from high-quality sources such as Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, PBS, BBC, CBC, and many more. Available for classroom use or for streaming in online courses.

Choice Reviews Online

Provides full text reviews of “significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Each year CHOICE publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts.”

Choice Reviews Online is a great tool that departments can use to submit book recommendations in support of curriculum areas. The Choice Reviews Online site is has a new and improved interface as well.

(Please note that the “Alerts” and “Saved Lists” features do not transfer to the new version. Please e-mail yourself any lists you would like to retain. The old version of CRO will be available for a few months to allow users time to manage their lists.)

Questions? Please call the Reference Desk at 755-3342 (1-800-860-0234), or use the Ask a Question service.

More Courses Added to Textbooks for Course Reserves


The Library has added more textbooks for courses participating in the “Textbooks for Course Reserves” pilot project, using funds from student fees approved by the Student Senate. Students are encouraged to search the MnPALS Catalog course reserves, or Browse Course Reserves by Instructor Name or Title, to see if their course text might be on reserve.

If you have questions about the Textbooks on Course Reserves Pilot Project, please call the Reference Desk at 755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234).

Information for A. C. Clark Library Users


The A. C. Clark Library Circulation Department will begin an archiving process for completed BSU library transactions on Friday, August 23rd.  Please check “Your Borrowing Record” in the BSU Library Catalog, and review your “Loan History List” category (note: you must have at least one item currently checked out in order for the Loan History List to display). After August 23rd, only loans from the current and the preceding semester will be listed, at any given time, in your borrowing record. Please retain the information you need from any previous loans, as they will be removed from your borrowing record as a result of the archiving process.

Your Borrowing Record:

If you have any questions, please contact Pete McDonnell, pmcdonnell@bemidjiststate.edu218-755-2967.

Library Closed from August 3rd until Fall start-up


The library will be closed for the summer interim break, from Saturday, August 3rd until Tuesday, August 20th, and will re-open for Fall start-up on Wednesday, August 21st at 9 a.m.

For current hours information, call the Library Hours line at 218-755-2955, or visit the library Hours page.

Enjoy Summer Reading at the A. C. Clark Library!


Stop by the A.C. Clark Library for your summer reading needs!  We have a growing collection of best seller and popular reading titles.  You can view a full list of the collection here.  Remember to bring your BSU ID card and visit our webpage for hours and other information:

Privacy Concerns Makes ERIC Full Text Unavailable


The U. S. Department of Education has sent out an alert for limited availability of full text in ERIC. Users will get a page saying the PDF files are currently unavailable until some privacy issues are resolved. The producer has indicated that they will keep us informed as they work through the problems.

The Library has an extensive collection of ERIC documents  in the 1st floor microforms collection, so please check with us in case we have what you are looking for. If, after checking the Library’s ERIC microfiche collection, you are not successful in locating the full text of an ERIC document, the Interlibrary Loan department can attempt to obtain it for you. If you simply need an education-related article, you can also try Education Full Text or Educator’s Reference Complete.

If you need assistance locating an ERIC document, please call the Reference Desk at 1-800-860-0234 (218-755-3342), or use the Email Reference Service.

More Computers and Computer Help Available in the Library


We are pleased to announce that BSU Public Computer Labs have extended to the first floor of the A.C. Clark Library. 25 fully-loaded computers with all BSU software programs are now available on the 1st floor of the Library.  The computers are dual-boot, running both Mac and Windows operating systems.

NEW: BSU Information Technology Services students are now available to help with questions and problems during all the hours the library is open.  For computer help, go to the 3rd floor of the Library (behind the Reference Desk), or to the 1st Floor service desk (across from the computers).

As always, if you need help with doing research or using the Library resources, please stop by the Reference Desk. We’re here to help!

A. C. Clark Library Now Offers Email Reference Service


The A. C. Clark Library is happy to announce that faculty, staff, and students now have several ways to get help with the library’s resources and services:

1)      Call us toll-free at 1-800-860-0234 (218-755-3342). Reference Librarians are available Monday through Thursday–9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday–9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

2)      Send questions through the Email Reference Service form:

3)      Stop by the Reference Desk on the 3rd (main) floor of the library (M-Th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, F, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

Please note: If you need in-depth research assistance or would like an immediate response to a question, please visit the Reference Desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call the Reference Desk at 1-800-860-0234 (218-755-3342).

More information on the service is available here.


New look for Oxford Reference e-Book collection


Oxford Reference Online, a provider of some of the Library’s e-Reference content, has a new look and feel.

Take a tour of the new database at:


SAGE Reference Online is Now SAGE Knowledge


SAGE recently upgraded the interface to its reference e-book content, SAGE Reference Online. It is now called SAGE Knowledge.

Check out the How-to Guides for SAGE Knowledge below:

Browse by Subject

Browse by Title

Refine Encyclopedia Entries

Export Citations

If you have any questions on SAGE Knowledge, please contact the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234). Thanks!

LexisNexis Congressional migrating to the ProQuest Platform


Due to the purchase of LexisNexis by ProQuest, LexisNexis Congressional is migrating to the ProQuest platform on Friday, September 21st.

Information on what’s new/better/different about the new platform is available here.

If you have any questions about the switchover or on using the ProQuest databases, please contact the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234).

Thank you.


Welcome back, students!


For a quick tour of the Library web site, watch the overview video:

For our library hours, click here.

If you have questions, please call the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342, or 1-800-860-0234 (toll-free).

Have a great year!

How-To Videos for the All-New ProQuest


Check out these videos on the new features of ProQuest databases:

The Library currently provides access to the legacy platform and “preview access” to the new platform on the Online Resources page.

CSA databases have migrated to the ProQuest Platform


Due to the purchase of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) databases by ProQuest, databases that were previously on the CSA platform will now only be available on the ProQuest platform.

More info about the ProQuest interface is at:

If you have any questions about the switchover or on using the ProQuest databases, please contact the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234).

Thank you.

CSA to ProQuest switchover this Friday


Hopefully users out there have had a chance to get acclimated to the “All New ProQuest Platform”, which has been available on the Online Resources page for the last year or so. Starting this Friday, databases that were previously on the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) platform, such as Sociological Abstracts, will now only be available on the ProQuest platform.

The ProQuest interface is easy to use and intuitive. More info about the ProQuest interface is at:

If you have any questions about the switchover or on using the ProQuest databases, please contact the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234).

Thank you.

New Resource: National Geographic Magazine Archive (1888-1994)


“The National Geographic Magazine Archive, provides full-text searching of every article of the world’s most recognized magazine from its first publication in 1888. This comprehensive archive is an essential tool for researchers of all ages for the study of science, nature, geography and much more.” — from the web site.

Neat web site:


Want to save paper when printing out content from Web sites?

Check out, where you can enter a URL and get a print-friendly web page or PDF in seconds:


A Puzzler for the Student Scholarship and Creative Achievement Conference


In honor of this year’s Student Scholarship and Creative Achievement Conference, here’s a puzzler:

Did you ever wonder where popular news sources get those research studies, featured in stories like this one from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune?

“To Attract Women, Men Can Turn Into Big Spenders”

Many times the original, published research articles (conducted by experts “in the field”) can be found in library databases! The previous article was based on the following study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (and available through the library’s subscription to PsycARTICLES):

“The Financial Consequences of Too Many men: Sex Ratio Effects on Saving, Borrowing, and Spending”

Happy Researching!

Renew Your BSU Library Materials Online!


Please view this brief screencast (30 sec., no audio) on how to renew your materials through the “Your Borrowing Record” feature of the library web site. It’s easy to do, and helps keep those pesky overdue notices away…

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?


For all of those people out there who may be working on research papers requiring a bibliography or list of works consulted….Enjoy!

Extended Spring Hours for Tech and Computer Help in the Library


ITS student workers, located on the 3rd floor of the Library behind the Reference Desk, are now available starting at 9 a.m. on most days to assist with tech questions and problems. Spring 2012 hours of service are:

9 a.m. to 8 p.m., M-TH

9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., F

1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun

Please note that hours subject to change.

Education Full Text moving to EBSCOhost platform


Starting on January 1st, 2012, the Education Full Text resource will be on the EBSCOhost platform, due to the H.W. Wilson Company being bought out by EBSCO. All of the same content is there, just a different interface.

Try out the database on EBSCO here:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=eft

For FAQs about the transition from Wilson to EBSCO, including information on the “My WilsonWeb” to “MyEBSCOhost” transition, see:

"NetLibrary eBooks" are now "eBooks on EBSCOhost"


Earlier this year, a major provider of library content, EBSCO, bought out the eBook provider NetLibrary. The library has access to thousands of these eBook titles, available through the library’s online catalog, MnPALS.

All the same content is there, but the look-and-feel and search is a bit different. And, they are also now accessible though the EBSCO databases (like Academic Search Premier, on the Online Resources page).

See this screencast for a how-to on limiting your search to eBooks in EBSCOhost:

Preview access to the All-New ProQuest Platform


The interface to ProQuest databases, including databases on the CSA platform, has a new look and feel. We’ve included Preview Access links to the re-designed search through the Library’s Online Resources page. Try them out, and let us know what you think.

Please note that access to the ProQuest and CSA legacy platforms will continue, until such time as they are retired and moved over to the All-New ProQuest Platform.

Computer and Tech Help now available in the Library


BSU Information Technology Services students are now available to assist with questions and problems with logging into campus computers, printing, D2L, etc. They are located on the 3rd floor of the Library behind the Reference Desk, and the hours of service are (Note: hours are subject to change):

11 am to 8 pm, M-TH

11 am to 4:45 pm, F

1 pm to 8 pm, Sun

If you need help with doing research or using the Library resources, please stop by the Reference Desk. We’re here to help!

Change in Library closing times


Please note that the closing times for the A.C. Clark Library will be changing. The library will be closing at 10:45 p.m. Sunday through Thursday during the academic year. Friday and Saturday hours will remain the same as last year. This change will go into effect Monday, August 22.

Please see the Library Hours webpage for special dates and hours:

Library Hours for July


Just a reminder that beginning Friday, July 1st, Library hours will be:

9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m, Monday through Thursday. Note: The Library will be closed on Fridays.

The Library will be closed from Friday, July 29 to Tuesday, August 16, and will re-open on Wednesday, August 17.

Please visit the library web site for special dates and hours:

BioOne Downtime on June 28, 2011


From BioOne (online biology journals):

“BioOne will be experiencing some scheduled downtime on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 starting at 6:00pm EST (3:00pm PT). We expect the downtime to last no longer than four hours. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.”

Polling the Nations Has a New Look


Polling the Nations, a public opinion survey database, sports an entirely new look and offers several new features…check it out:

New Student Email System and Notices from the Library


Due to the recent change in student email services, patrons should be aware that they may need to check the old (NetMail) system for e-mails regarding their library account or Interlibrary Loan requests. This is because requests made before the switch-over on May 10th were most likely sent to the old email address.

Going forward, emails to BSU students will be sent to the new “” address.

Please call the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342 (toll free 1-800-860-0234) with any questions you may have.

Subscribe to New Books RSS feeds!


Did you know that you can subscribe to RSS feeds to keep up with new materials as they are added to the Library’s collections?

Check out the New Books page, and click on the RSS icon links next to each subject category to subscribe to the feed:

Introducing....the new Popular Reading Collection


Looking for a good book to read in your spare time? Check out the Library’s new Popular Reading Collection!

You’ll find this collection on the main (3rd) floor of the Library, across from the Circulation Desk. Browse the Popular Reading shelf for bestselling and award-winning fiction and non-fiction, genres like Science Fiction and Mystery, as well as books on regional topics–all in one convenient location.

Happy Reading!

Library Hours for Spring Break Week (March 7-March 11)


The Library’s open hours for Spring Break Week (Monday, March 7th through Friday, March 11th) will be from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Research assistance will be available during these times. Additionally, open hours on Sunday, March 6th, will be from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Normal open hours will resume on Saturday, March 12th. See Library Hours for the full schedule.

Have a great break!

ScienceDirect downtime this Saturday, 7 am to 7 pm


On Saturday, February 26th, the ScienceDirect database will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from 7:00 am EST to 7:00 pm (approximately)

Interlibrary Loan Service Reaches Far and Wide


As an example of the interconnectedness of libraries today, the A. C. Clark Library Interlibrary Loan department facilitates delivery of print and non-print materials (like electronic documents) from around the world. This week, the ILL department requested and received an electronic document for a BSU patron from Ferdinand Postma Library, North-West University (Potchefstroom campus), Potchefstroom, South Africa!

New Web Site Overview Video


Check out this brief video overview of the new web site. If you have questions, please call the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342, or 1-800-860-0234 (toll-free).

The A. C. Clark Library's new Web site is here!


The Library’s Web site has a new look, some new features, as well as all of the core elements and services you have come to expect. We hope that the new design will allow you to more quickly locate and access the resources you’ve grown accustomed to using, as well as point you to resources you may not have known about.

Please call the Reference Desk at 218-755-3342, or toll-free at 1-800-860-0234, with your questions and comments. Thanks!

Pete McDonnell
Systems/Distance Learning Librarian