Library Collections

The Library has a wide variety of materials and resources for use, including books, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, indexes, microforms, videotapes, audiotapes, kits, CD-ROM's, maps, and charts. All items, except magazines, newspapers, and pamphlets are cataloged using the Library of Congress Classification System and added to the various collections.


The collections within the Normandale Library are:

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  • Reference Collection:
    More than 10,000 volumes are available to help answer your immediate questions and are located in the northeast section of the Reference Room (L2734). These materials cannot be checked out, but they can be used within the Library.
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  • General Collection:
    Nearly 70,000 titles on a broad range of topics supporting Normandale classes and course work are located in the Library's East Room (Call Numbers A-PS535) and the south section of the Library's Reference Room (Call Numbers PS536-Z). These items may be checked out.
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  • Oversize Collection:
    A collection of items too large to be shelved with the regular General Collection titles is located next to the Reference Collection. These items may be checked out.
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  • Picture Books Collection:
    A collection of more than 1,200 picture books, including most Caldecott Medal and Honor books is located across from the Circulation Desk. These items may be checked out.
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  • Magazine & Newspaper Collection:
    Current issues of each magazine and newspaper are on display on the racks in the Library's North Room (L2722). Current issues cannot be checked out, but some older issues are available for check out at the Circulation Desk.
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  • Journal Finder
    This resource allows you to locate journals, magazines, and newspapers in print, electronic, and microform formats.
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  • Reserve Collection:
    Supplemental learning materials made available for student use by individual faculty members may be retrieved for use at the Circulation Desk. Check out times vary.
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  • AudioVisual Collection:
    A collection of over 7,200 videotapes, audiotapes, DVDs, and slide sets covering all subject areas are available by request at the Circulation Desk. Some items may be checked out and some items must be used within the Library. See a Circulation staff member for additional information.
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  • Audiobooks Collection:
    This collection includes works popular works of fiction and non-fiction. A complete listing of these items can be retrieved by performing a Subject Begins With ... search with the term "Audiobooks" in the Library Catalog. These items are available for check out at the Circulation Desk.
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  • Indexes Collection:
    Collection housing The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature and indexes to the Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspapers is located on the southern wall of the Library's reading room. Indexes cannot be checked-out but may be used within the Library.
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  • Microfilm and Microfiche Collections:
    Microform Collections are comprised of primarily old issues of newspapers and some historical documents and are located on the southern wall of the Library's reading room. Items cannot be checked-out but may be used within the Library. See a Circulation staff member for assistance with a Microfilm scanner or read these instructions.
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  • Closed Stacks:
    Closed Stacks house a small collection of materials that are of historic value to Normandale. Items from this collection, located in L3712, are available upon request for use in the Library and cannot be checked out.
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