University of Minnesota Libraries
Wilson Library, largest in the system
109,681 serial subscriptions
|Access and use|
|Population served||55,931 faculty, staff and students and the state of Minnesota|
|Director||Wendy Pradt Lougee|
The University of Minnesota Libraries is the library system of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, operating at 13 facilities in and around Minneapolis–Saint Paul. It has over 7 million volumes and 109,000 serial titles that are collected, maintained and made accessible. The system is the 17th largest academic library in North America and the 22nd largest library in the United States. While the system's primary mission is to serve faculty, staff and students, because the University is a land-grant institution its libraries are also open to the public.
The Libraries hold a variety of notable specialized and unusual collections. Examples include the world's largest assembly of materials on Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the Kerlan Collection of over 100,000 children's books; the Hess Collection, one of North America's largest collections of dime novels, story papers and pulp fiction; the James Ford Bell Library of rare maps, books and manuscripts, and the seventh largest law library in the United States, including over 1 million volumes and personal papers such as those of Clarence Darrow.
The system is a Federal Depository Library, a Minnesota State Depository Library and United Nations Depository Library. Among research institutions it maintains the second largest collection of government documents in North America.
Library buildings and collections
- Elmer L. Andersen Library
- Charles Babbage Institute
- Children's Literature Research Collection
- Givens Collection of African American Literature
- Immigration History Research Center & Archives
- Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
- Kautz Family YMCA Archives
- Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives (UMJA)
- Northwest Architectural Archives
- Social Welfare History Archives
- Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts (SCRM)
- University of Minnesota Archives
- Law Library, Law School
- Music Library, School of Music
- Wilson Library
- Ames Library of South Asia
- Business Reference Library
- East Asian Library
- Government Publications Library
- James Ford Bell Library
- John R. Borchert Map Library
- Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Rapson Hall
- Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall
- Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine
- Eric Sevareid Journalism Library, Murphy Hall
- Mathematics Library, Vincent Hall
- Walter Library
- Digital Technology Center
- Science and Engineering Library
- Magrath Library
- Kirschner Collection
- Natural Resources Library, Hodson Hall
- Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife
- Forestry Library
- Plant Pathology Library, Borlaug Hall
- Veterinary Medical Library, Veterinary Sciences Center
- Off-Campus Locations
The library system makes various services available to faculty, staff and students such as:
- Alumni and Visitor Services
- Copyright Consultation
- Instructor and Researcher Support
- Peer Research Consultants
- Scanning & Digitization Services
The system also offers services to citizens in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota through MINITEX, a publicly funded program that supports academic, state government, public, school and specialized libraries in the region.
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- Karen Nelson Hoyle (November 1978). "The Kerlan Collection". Children's Literature Association Quarterly 3 (1-2): 13. doi:10.1353/chq.0.0642.
- "The Hess Collection". University of Minnesota. 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "Stanford's Holdings and Other Major Dime Novel Collections". Stanford University. 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "James Ford Bell Library". University of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
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- University of Minnesota Libraries Main Page
- University of Minnesota Law Library
- University of Minnesota Special and Rare Books Collections