About the Library

Mildred Johnson Library
Centrally located on the NDSCS campus, north of Old Main
Phone: 701-671-2298  / 800-342-4325, ext. 3-2618
Fax: 701-671-2674

Library Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday - Thursday.............7:45 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday..................................7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday................................5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Interim and Holiday Periods (no classes in session):
Monday - Thursday.............1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday..................................1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3 p.m. during summer hours)
Saturday and Sunday..........Closed

Holidays, vacations and summer hours may vary. Weather may effect hours of operation.
Doors are locked 15 minutes before closing.

Vision, Mission & Values


To assist our customers in fulfilling their potential in an atmosphere of excellence through the continuously evolving services and collections of information provided by the Library Staff.


As the teaching library of the North Dakota State College of Science, the mission of the Mildred Johnson Library is to provide the necessary information services to the students, staff and local community that support both studies and life-long learning.

We do this by:

  • Providing the services of a professional and well-trained staff of librarians and library associates to manage both the collections and the instruction support to utilize those resources.
  • Developing and maintaining a collection of up-to-date information sources, including books, media and electronic services, which support the curriculum and interests of our clients and customers, now and in the future.
  • Creating space in the library building to enable access to services and information that encourages independent learning, through study and research by students. Leisure time and life-long learning, social connections and quiet time out of the fast pace of college life are also encouraged.
  • Adapting all our services, collections, processes and procedures to evolve with new technologies, developing needs and interests, and the changing nature of the college community.
  • Sharing the love of reading and life-long learning
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Understanding the information needs of our students/customers in order to build the changing collections
  • Diversity and Development
  • Excellence
  • Now, New Times and Nurturing
  • Treasure house of knowledge and Tradition
  • Scholarship

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

Present valid barcoded ID

Students from other Colleges and Institutions

Free card with current ID

  • NDSU
  • University of Mary
  • Moorhead State University
  • Concordia College
  • Interstate College
  • M-State Fergus Falls 
Residents of Richland and Wilkin Counties 
  • Adults - three year fee $15
  • High school students - $5 fee, good until August 31 of Senior year
Retired Staff

Complimentary card

Graduates of NDSCS

Complimentary card

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

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.

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 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.

Library Book Club

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