FAQs

Access Library Resources

How do I log on to electronic resources from home?

Students: Use your NDSCS online login (firstname.lastname & Password) to access the ODIN system.
NDSCS Employees: Use your NDUS CampusConnection Login & Password
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How do I find databases or journal articles?

Databases that include journal articles can be found through the library’s website. There are 3 different access points depending on what you need.

  1. “I need a database for my _____ class.” Go to the library’s subject guides where databases are listed by subject. Go to the Mildred Johnson Library “Resources” page. Click on the link under “Guides to Help You Use Library Resources” then browse resources by subject. 
  2. “I need to get to a specific database.” Start by going to the library’s A-Z database guide and look for your database by name. Go to the Mildred Johnson Library Resources Page and click on the link for “Electronic Resources A-Z”. 
  3. “I need to go to this popular resource (for example, Films on Demand).” The Library’s most popular resources are available through direct links on the Resources page under “Popular Resources” 
How do I renew my materials?
  • Go to ndscs.edu/Library
  • Click on “Resources”
  • Click on “My Account
  • Click on “Sign in” (top right corner of page)
  • Username: Enter your barcode without the letters (14 numbers) or firstname.lastname
  • Password: Enter your last name

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Does the library proctor tests?

The Library does not proctor tests but the Test Center does. The Test Center is in Old Main room 230. Go to the Test Center for more information.

Does the library offer GED classes?

TutorND provides GED course help at TutorND.com. In addition, the library suggests working with the following campus resources:

Preparations for GED Tests are offered at the Adult Learning Center in Old Main. Instructors are Irene Mohn and Sergey Karamanov. Call 701-671-2184 for more information.

In addition, the Test Center offers GED tests. GED Tests are given throughout the year by appointment. For more information, contact: Karen Dahlgren, 701-671-2256, karen.dahlgren@ndscs.edu.

Can I print something in color?

No, the library doesn’t offer color printing service. Print Services located in Horton Hall offers color printing for $0.25/page. They also offer more paper options. 

I’m a community member- can I print? 

We only have print capabilities for students, faculty and staff. Some suggestions for places to print in the community include Leach Public Library and the Bold Print shop located downtown.

Can I print from my laptop?

Campus printers are not set up to allow for laptop printing but we do have a few work-around ideas to enable students to print by migrating the document they have on their laptop to a student lab computer. Note: all the following require that students have NDSCS AD login information to use a campus lab computer. You have 3 options:

  1. Save your document on your laptop to a flash drive (an extra library flash drive is located in the drawer at the customer service desk) and plug that flash drive into a lab computer, open that document and print.
  2. Email yourself the document and open your email on a lab computer, open document and print.
  3. Upload your document to your NDSCS OneDrive account, open said account on a lab computer and print.
Can I make copies?

Yes! You have 2 options.

  1. You can make copies on the copy machine located on the first floor by the east wall. These copies are $0.15 a page.
  2. Students and employees can use the scanner to scan the pages you need to a .PDF and send it to your email. From there, you can open your email from any student lab computer and print your scanned documents.

How do I log on to...

How do I log on to the guest Wi-Fi?

Ask the Service Desk for assistance. The Guest Wifi name is NDSCS Guest.

How do I log on to the student computers?

Student computers on campus all require the same NDSCS Active Directory login. To initially create your account, log onto Enroll.Nodak.edu and follow the instructions. If you don’t remember your password, contact ITS at x3-3333 (choose option 5) or go to their office in the Student Center.

How do I log onto WiFi?

You can log into the NDSCS WiFi using your NDUS credentials. This should be the same information you use to log into your NDUS Email account and CampusConnection. The Wifi name is NDSCS.

Policies

Loan Periods & Overdue Fees
MaterialLoan PeriodGrace PeriodFees
Books3 weeks4 days$.20 per day
Magazines1 week4 days$.20 per day
CD, VHS, DVD1 week4 days$.20 per day

Renewals
Renewals may be made up to three times per item as long as no one else has requested the material. Patrons may bring in the material to be renewed or may use the self-renewal option in ODIN. For more information about self-renewal, please ask at the Circulation Desk. Materials are subject to recall by faculty immediately and by other patrons after two weeks.

  • Non-Circulating: Reference, display periodicals and newspapers, microforms.
  • Materials are due on the date indicated.
  • Notices mean the material is already overdue. Do not wait to receive a notice before returning the item.

Library Fines
Fines are imposed on overdue materials as an incentive to return material when due. Patrons are encouraged to renew materials and avoid using the grace period or paying fines. Reserve materials have a much shorter grace period and fines accrue more quickly. Additional details on fines and charges should be requested by calling the Circulation Desk. Blocks are placed on the records of those with excessive fines. All charges must be satisfied before items can again be checked out.

Hold for Non-return Items
Students will be charged for items that are not returned. If any item is not returned on time, the student will be charged for the missing item as well as a processing fee. If the item is then returned, the charge will be reduced to the processing fee only, unless the item is damaged.

Records and registration may be held up if library fees are not paid. Contact the staff as soon as possible if you have any questions. Library records are confidential when students are notified of any fees.

Library Computer Use Policy

All users are expected to be aware of and adhere to the NDUS computer policy (please see the NDSCS Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities for a complete copy of the North Dakota University System Computer and Network Usage Policy). Any patron disregarding the NDUS computer policy may be refused use of the computers in the library, or anywhere on campus. Computers in the library are reserved for research purposes only.

  • Primary use is for searching ODIN and databases supplied by the library.
  • General Internet searching for research is permitted.
  • Games, chatrooms and non-research oriented uses are not permitted.
  • Only those computers designated for public use are available. Staff computers cannot be used by students or other public, because of confidentiality issues.
  • There will be a half hour time limit on each computer when the library is busy.
  • Reservations are not taken for the use of a computer. Usage will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who can use the computers in the Mildred Johnson Library?

  • Students, faculty and staff of NDSCS are the primary clientele of the library and will be given priority for computer use.
  • Other NDUS library card holders are secondary clientele and have limited, complimentary access subject to availability. This includes holders of state library cards.
  • Non-library card holders or general public may use computers only as space permits. They are reminded to use their local public or school library as their primary resource and to use the Mildred Johnson Library as a secondary resource. They also may be asked to give up use of a computer if a student or other NDSCS person needs the space.
  • Minors are to be supervised by their parents. The use of library materials by minors is the sole responsibility of their parents, who are reminded that some college level material is not appropriate for younger students. Unattended minors may be asked to leave the library, particularly if their behavior is inappropriate in an academic setting.

The library staff reserves the right to monitor screens, to suggest search strategies and to limit use of the computers and printers at their discretion. Privacy of searching is respected as long as the sensibilities of other patrons are recognized.

What materials may I check out?

The library has many different collections available, all based on the curriculum taught at NDSCS. There are also leisure materials in the form of CDs, DVDs, Book Club fiction, graphic novels and a variety of general interest materials.

The library subscribes to all North Dakota daily newspapers, as well as some from bordering states. Some weekly papers are sent without charge by their publishers.

Library material in the public area may be used inside the library by anyone. These items and any material kept in closed stacks and behind the Circulation Desk may be checked out only with a valid library card.

Who can use the Library?

NDSCS Students

Present valid student ID

  • Student spouses - complimentary card
  • Student high school children - complimentary card
NDSCS Employees

Present valid employee ID

  • Employee spouses - complimentary card
  • Employee high school children - complimentary card
Retired Staff

Complimentary card

Graduates of NDSCS

Complimentary card

Corporate Card
  • For business related use
  • Three year fee $30

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