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Whether you are on campus or online you can connect with a librarian, use library services, and access millions of books, newspapers, videos and other resources online.
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Want a virtual library tour?
Want to know even more about the University Libraries? An online tour of the Libraries website is a great step to take! You can get an idea of the resources available to you and we will highlight our tools and services for new (and existing) students.
We will contact you within two days to schedule and/or confirm the tour. The tour in zoom will take about 20-30 minutes. If you have any questions contact Kate Peterson (email@example.com)
Go on a Gopher Library Adventure
Do you like adventure? Explore your way through this “choose your own adventure” eBook! Learn about all the awesome stuff available from the UMN Libraries - like online search tools, streaming music, archives, undergraduate research, ways to get help, and more. The e-book is fun, fast, and full of adventure! It is so good you will want to start the adventure all over again.
Check the Libraries for your textbooks and readings
In partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores, the University Libraries provides you with a list of free U of M required books. All books are free for U of MN - Twin Cities’ students to read online and to checkout. Books are PDF format are available for download in their entirety.
Check the list to see if the library already has books for your course online, for free.
Interlibrary Loan and Digital Delivery
Whether you are living abroad while attending the University of Minnesota online or unable to find the material you need within our collection, we will do our best to work with you to find what you need. An easy way to request materials is our Interlibrary Loan and Digital Delivery Service. Fill out the form linked below with the information about the source you are looking for and let us find it for free!
Streaming music and video you can access now
You can stream and watch documentaries and many arts focused films including Opera and Theater performances. We have a bunch of online streaming music collections -- primarily these are for the music majors but we all get to take advantage of them.
Keep in mind that any of these sources evens songs can also be used as part of a future research paper or project!
Newspapers & magazines you can read online now
Never get stopped by a message asking you to "buy" and article (sometimes that is called a pay wall)! The University Libraries has millions of online journals, magazine and newspapers -- both subscriptions to "browse" or read a current issue and tools to help you search.
Use the links below to reach current articles. Remember this is just a sample of what you have access to -- try the search box on our homepage lib.umn.edu to find more.
Prepare and plan for your classes
Getting ready for your semester ahead can mean many things - like figuring out your textbooks and readings, to making a fancy bullet journal sort of schedule in a calendar to using an app to figure out everything you need to get done.
Your classes at the University will require more time than your school in the past -- now is a good time to level up those skills around "time management."
Here is a great tutorial from Effective U to help you do that.
Get help from the U Libraries - Online!
Academic Success Centers & SMART Learning Commons (peer tutoring and more)
These services are designed to:
- Boost your confidence as a student
- Help you stay on top of your coursework
- Offer a deeper understanding of the content
- Connect you to peers who know tips and tricks for various courses
- Teach you effective study strategies and time management