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Library Information for Faculty and Staff

Welcome! Below is information you may find helpful while teaching and researching at Inver Hills.  We hope you will use our library for recreational use as well. We have a wonderful feature and foreign film video and DVD collection (free! one week checkout!) and over 25,000 volumes to tantalize every book taste (checkout for the entire semester!). We welcome purchase recommendations (please give to Ann, Julie, or Brenda) and encourage suggestions.  Please feel free to call or stop by with your questions and ideas.


Library cards are available for all faculty and staff. An Inver Hills ID card is also available from the Enrollment Center (2nd floor of the College Center) which can then be activated in the library for use as a library card. Faculty and staff may check out books for one semester, periodicals, videos and CDs for one week.


Instructors may place books, articles, videos and other materials on reserve in the library for 2hr in-library use, or 24hr- 48hr outside library use. Reserve forms are available in the library. Please allow 24 hours for processing. Items must comply with copyright. Email for more information.

ILL (interlibrary loan)

Items not found in Inver’s library collection may be requested from other libraries. These items can be requested directly from MnPALS, or databases in the case of articles, with your 14 digit library barcode and your password, which is your last name or by using your starID credentials. Articles are sent directly to your email; if unavailable electronically a print copy will be sent to the library. ILL’d books and print articles take about 3-5 business days to arrive. Please give requests to any staff member if you’re having trouble ordering them yourself or if you would like some instruction on how to do so.

Media Requests

To request videos and DVD’s from other colleges and universities or to schedule a video/DVD for viewing in your classroom, please see one of the librarians or email

Library Instruction

Ann, Julie, and Brenda are available to instruct classes on library research, which includes use of library resources, the online catalog and subscription databases, and the Internet. Library instruction can also be as tailored and subject specific as you like. For example, we have shown students good websites for psychology research, for economic statistics, and good sources for EHS. Most library classes are taught in the library’s classroom, but the librarians will teach in any "smart" classroom. Please see Ann, Julie or Brenda to schedule dates and times (signing up soon is recommended, as our calendar fills up quickly!). We will also come to your office for individual instruction on our resources or web searching techniques.  Tips for Planning a Library Experience for Your Class.

Create your own links to Database Articles

If there are specific articles you would like all of your students to read and they can be found in one of the Library's databases, you can create links to them to put into D2L, a website or in an email.  Each database has a slightly different way to get the link you need but this set of instructions will help you do it.  The Librarians can do this for you if you would rather.  Students will be required to log in to view the article.  They will need a library barcode for access.     Database link instructions.

Library Homepage

IHCC Library- includes information about the library: hours, policies, collections; also includes some web sites for various subject areas, under Research Tools. You can access MnPALS from our homepage to search our catalog or the catalogs of other libraries; CINAHL, a nursing periodical database with some full-text, EbscoHost Research Databases, a periodical database,  JSTOR, a database of scholarly articles with a deep backfile, CQ Researcher, for research on contemporary and controversial issues, and the Proquest databases, which includes  Alt-Press Watch, Psychology and Criminal Justice databases.

MnPALS (online catalog)

MnPALS is the online catalog for Inver Hills, all Minnesota State institutions, some private colleges, and state agency libraries. We own over 11,000 electronic books, which you can access through MnPALS.


This is a statewide online catalog that includes Minnesota State institutions, the University of Minnesota, CLIC libraries (private colleges in metro area), state agency libraries and participating public and school libraries. You can also access full-text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers with your library card.

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