No matter what course of study students pursue, the resources and services of the A.C. Clark Library play an important role in their education. The Library provides access to nearly 400,000 on-campus holdings, nearly one-quarter of a million books, and collections of government publications, audio-visual materials, maps, and microforms. Online access to high-quality research tools (such as electronic indexes, full-text periodical article databases, and electronic reference materials) is provided through the Library’s web site.
This is the Library’s general, circulating collection of books to serve the research needs of BSU students, faculty, and staff. Items in this collection with call numbers A through P are located on the fourth floor of the A. C. Clark Library. Oversize items with similar call numbers are also located on this floor along the front wall near the main stairway. Items in this collection with call numbers Q through Z are located on the second floor. Oversize items with call numbers Q through Z are also located on this floor at the beginning of the 2nd Floor collection.
Items in this collection include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, almanacs, and atlases. Because reference materials are useful for looking up background information, overviews, and facts about a wide variety of topics, they are for “In Library Use” only (they do not circulate). The Reference Collection is housed on the third (main) floor of the A. C. Clark Library, near the Reference Desk. Heavy-use Reference (“Ready Reference”) items are located behind the Reference Desk, and are for In Library Use only.
The A. C. Clark Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, and these Federal government publications can be found on the third (main) floor of the library, as well as online in the library catalog MnPALS. Find more information under Government Publications.
The A. C. Clark Library provides a collection of books that support the curricula of both the University’s Professional Education and English departments, allowing teachers in training access to a wealth of fiction, non-fiction, and picture books for grade-level appropriate teaching and learning. The collection also includes many award-winning books, such as the Caldecott and Newbery Medal Award books.
Items in the Children’s Fiction Collection are located on the second floor of the A. C. Clark Library, are marked with green tape, and have a call number composed of the first two letters of the author’s last name (for example, Le for Lenski). Items in the Children’s Non-Fiction Collection are also located on the second floor of the Library, are marked with red tape, and have a Dewey Decimal call number (for example 940.93 Br). Finally, items in the Picture Books Collection are located on the second floor, are marked with purple tape, and have call numbers composed of the first two letters of the author’s last name.
The Library purchases audiovisual materials (such as DVDs) to support subjects taught in the University’s curriculum. Some items can be checked out, but some are “In Library Use” only materials. People wishing to use an item from this collection should request the item at the Circulation Desk, on the third (main) floor of the library, using the item’s call number (e.g. VIDEO DVD PN1997 .B767 2007).
The Popular Reading Collection contains a current and diverse variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for the Library’s patrons to enjoy in their leisure time. The collection can be found in the comfortable seating area to the left of the stairwell on the fourth floor of the Library, and are marked as “Popular Reading Collection” on a white label.
Many faculty will make materials used in courses (such as books or DVDs) available for their students to consult via the Course Reserves service. Items in this collection are housed behind the Circulation Desk, on the third (main) floor of the A. C. Clark Library. You can also search Course Reserves in the MnPALS Library Catalog.
Instructions for placing items on Course Reserves can be found here.
The Library has a large collection of print-based periodicals (i.e., items that are published on a periodic basis, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers). The collections are located in two areas: items which were published from 2002 to the current date are located on the third (main) floor, and items which were published before 2002 are located on the first floor of the library. The Library’s extensive list of electronic (online) periodical holdings can be accessed here.
The Library’s collections of microforms (miniaturized photographic reproductions of documents such as historical newspapers and journals, which can be viewed on units called microform viewers) are located on the 1st floor. There is also a separate collection of state and federal government document microforms located on the third (main floor) of the library, near the Reference Collection. There are units on the 3rd floor which can scan microform images to a flash drive, or print out in hard-copy. Units in the 1st floor Microforms room can print out to hard-copy; microfiche (a special type of microform) viewers are located on the outer walls throughout the library.
University Archives and Special Collections↓
The University Archives and Special Collections area is located on the second floor of the Library. To schedule an appointment to use the University Archives and Special Collections area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Scheduled open hours are posted each semester outside the door to University Archives and Special Collections, and are subject to change. Select digitized images of historical BSU memorabilia (such as photographs and yearbooks) from the University Archives can be found here.
The Library has a collection of audio CDs that are available for checkout, consisting of all types of musical genres and styles. The collection can be found in the comfortable seating area to the left of the stairwell on the fourth floor, near the Popular Reading Collection.
Indexes and abstracts are print-based tools that provide access to citations to the published literature in a wide variety of subjects. The bound index and abstract volumes can be found on the third (main) floor of the library, near the Reference Desk.
This collection consists of recorded media such as LP (long-playing) record albums, and are available for checkout. Items in this collection are located near the main stairway on the first floor of the A. C. Clark Library.