Navigating through all of the Library's resources can be overwhelming. Our librarian, Michael Kirby, offers library instruction sessions to show students how to efficiently and effectively find the information they need.
The duration, location, and content of each session depends on the instructor's specific needs. A good session requires planning, so please try to schedule sessions at least two weeks in advance. To discuss or schedule a session, please contact Michael Kirby in person, at Michael.Kirby@dctc.edu, or at 651-423-8406.
Our librarian, Michael Kirby, is here to help students and instructors find the information they need. Michael's regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit him in the Library, e-mail Michael.Kirby@dctc.edu, or call 651-423-8406.
Instructors may place items from the Library or from their own personal collections on reserve. Reserve items are kept behind the circulation desk and may be checked out for up to two hours. Students may not leave the Library with reserve items. By limiting check-out time for reserve items, every student gets a chance to use the material assigned by an instructor.
You can search course reserves with OneSearch; select "DCTC Library Course Reserves" in the search box dropdown menu. To place items on reserve, please contact Naomi Johnston in person, at Naomi.Johnston@dctc.edu, or at 651-423-8345.
Suggestions for Purchase
Instructors may suggest books, videos, periodicals, and online resources for purchase by the Library. Suggested titles must meet the Library's collection development criteria, including currency, objectivity, value to students, and cost.
If you would like to suggest a purchase, please contact Michael Kirby in person, at Michael.Kirby@dctc.edu, or at 651-423-8406.
Who can check out items?
Current DCTC students, faculty, and staff with a valid, activated ID card and no blocks on their account
Current Minnesota State students, faculty, and staff with a valid, activated ID card and no blocks on their account
Dakota County residents (see a librarian for details)
How long can items be checked out?
Books — three weeks
Periodicals — one week (the most recent issue must stay in the Library)
Videos — three days (some require instructor approval)
Newspapers, reference and reserve items must stay in the Library
Overdue, Lost and Damaged Items
The Library does not charge fines for late returns, but your account will remain blocked as long as you have overdue items. You will receive two notices after an item becomes overdue. The third notice will be a bill for the replacement of the item, plus processing fees. Your account will remain blocked and, if you are a student, you cannot graduate or receive academic transcripts until you either return the item or pay your bill.
If you return an item in damaged condition, your account will be blocked and you cannot graduate or receive academic transcripts until you pay for the replacement of the item, plus processing fees.
Our Library will provide informational resources to the students, faculty, and staff at DCTC and assist the users in locating and using these resources. Our goal is not only to support classroom instruction but also provide information and resources for students to complete assignments, and foster the development of the life-long skill of using Library tools to satisfy future information needs.