Frequently Asked Questions

How do I see what I have checked out?

Log in to HerdSearch to view your account. You can see what you have checked out, renew items, view fines, and more.

How many items can I check out?

Number of physical items
NDSU graduate student; NDSU, MSUM, Concordia, NDUS faculty/staff 100
MSUM or NDUS graduate student; McNair Student 75
Tri-college or NDUS undergraduate; NDSU alumni, visiting faculty 50
Community patron 10
Fargo-Moorhead high school student 5

How long can I keep my materials?

Checkout lengths vary by the type of material and the status of the patron. Visit the Circulation Policies page for complete information.

How do I request a book that is already checked out?

Find the book you want using HerdSearch. Click on the “Find or Request” link to sign-in to see request options. You will be e-mailed as soon as the book is available for check out.

How do I check out a book if I am not an NDSU student, faculty, or staff member?

Community members can get a Community Access Card from the Main Library Circulation Desk or any of the Branch Libraries. If you are a Tri-College student, faculty or staff member you can check out NDSU materials with your institutional ID.

How do I find out if my interlibrary loan materials have arrived?

Click on the Services tab on the home page of the library and then click on the Interlibrary Loan Link (ILL). You can then log into your ILLiad account and check your requests. Call the ILL service desk if you are having problems at 701-231-8885.

How do I request an item from the Storage Annex?

Click on the “Services” tab on the Libraries Home page. Click on the “Request from storage annex” link, log in and fill out the form and click submit. Items are available for checkout the next day at the pick-up location you selected.

How do I reserve a group study room?

Please refer to the Reserving a Group Study Room page for more information.

Where can I return library items on campus?

There are drop boxes outside the Main Library, on the 1st floor of IACC, and in the lobby on the south side of Memorial Union. Items may also be returned inside the Main Library and any of the branch libraries located in Barry (Business), Klai (Architecture), and Sudro (Health Sciences).

How do I access library resources from off campus?

You do not need to be logged into your library account to use HerdSearch. If you click on an article you find through HerdSearch or a database, you will be asked for a log in to view the article. Use the same log in you use for Blackboard and campus computer clusters.

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