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Departments & Services

Archives & Special Collections

Third Floor, Room 305
Consists of various collections: USD Archives, USD Photograph Collection, Richardson Collection, Mahoney Music Collection, Herman P. Chilson Collection and South Dakota Government Documents Archives. Materials are used within Room 305. It is recommended that those wishing to use the collections contact the department before they arrive.


Main Floor, Room 130
Toyna Olson  
Responsible for binding of serials, theses, and dissertations. 


Main Floor, Circulation Desk
Responsible for the control of library materials charged out by patrons. The department staff is responsible for maintaining the book, periodical and reference stacks, managing the reserve collection, processing patron holds, receiving payment for lost library materials, searching for lost materials and issuing library cards. The circulation staff will retrieve materials from the stacks for individuals with disabilities.

Distance Education Services

Main Floor, Room 130C
Serves faculty and students involved in USD off-campus courses only. Assistance is given in the areas of library instruction, reference, and document delivery. Bibliographic instruction usually occurs at the site where the class is held, whereas reference service can be provided by phone, fax, e-mail or US mail. Materials can be requested using the Library Request for Materials form. Items owned by the University Libraries will be provided free of charge; materials not owned will be treated as an interlibrary loan request.

Course Reserves

Second Floor, Room 223
Daniel Burniston (
The Electronic Course Reserves system allows instructors to place course related material on the web in their D2L course, making it accessible to students 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Students may access the material from home, dorm rooms, computer labs, the library, or anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Physical Reserve Collections
Main Floor, Circulation Desk(
The circulation department is responsible for maintaining physical reserves selected by faculty for assigned reading in connection with course work.  Borrowing from reserve collections is restricted to USD students and staff.   

Government Information

First Floor, Room 130
Diane Frigge (
Provides collection development and reference assistance in the area of U.S. and South Dakota government publications. Government documents are located on the Southeast side of the 2nd floor.

Interlibrary Loan

Second Floor, 223
Acquires, upon request, materials not owned by USD but needed by patrons for research and serious study.

Learning Resources Collections

Provides a multi-media dimension to the library and supports the School of Education through its microform,  K-12 textbook,and youth collections. 

Information Literacy

Carol Leibiger (
Through the Information Literacy program, library tours and workshops on special resources and the Internet are offered. Additionally, workshops are offered by University Libraries librarians as requested.

Reference, Research, Instruction and Information

Main Floor, Information Desk
Responsible for helping faculty, students and other patrons interpret and use library resources. For more information, see  Ask a Librarian and LibGuides for resource assistance in specific areas.


Second Floor, 231
Manages journals, magazines and newspapers. 

South Dakota Oral History Center

Second Floor, 231
Collects and preserves voices of the people of the Northern Plains. The acquisition and preservation methods are a major part of the Native Studies program, allowing students to have an active role in the Oral tradition. 


Main Floor, Information Desk
Danielle Loftus (
Anne Hinseth (

Technical Services

Main Floor, Room 130
Catherine Paltz (
Kathleen McElhinney (
Orders and processes library materials in various physical formats for patron use, including describing them in such a way they are findable by library users, manages the online library catalog and certain other finding aids, and performs collection maintenance activities, such as book repair.   Works with the Dean of Libraries to evaluate possible non-archival library donations.  Liaison to the South Dakota Library Network, who maintains the Aleph integrated library system.