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Library Information

Learn about Inver Hills Library services and policies.

Reference Desk

Librarians are available in the library to assist users with research questions and use of library resources. The Reference Desk is staffed during open hours; and library users are encouraged to ask for assistance whenever needed!

Librarians are available for online assistance as well!  Please visit our Ask a Librarian page for chat, email, and phone options.

Copy and Print Services

The library has two copy machines available for photocopying or scanning to an external drive.  Currently, photocopying and scanning is free. 

You may print from computers located within the library.  Printing services are to be used only for college-related work needs. Using college printing services for non-college related files is a violation of state ethics laws and college policy.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered through the cooperative state-wide consortium MINITEX to obtain books, articles, and other materials that are not available from the Inver Hills Library collection. ILL is free to IHCC students, faculty, and staff, but is limited to fifteen requests at a time and only one copy of a book may be requested at a time (no multiple copies).

Items can be requested through OneSearch, directly from one of the article databases, or by completing one of the blank ILL forms linked below.  You will be prompted to login with your Star ID and password to start the request.

Blank ILL form.  For questions or assistance placing an ILL request, please contact the library.

Request a Book or Journal Article - Blank ILL form 

*Login with your StarID and password when prompted. Choose Book or Article at the top of the form and fill in as much information as possible.

After your item request is submitted, you can check the status of your ILL request by logging into the Sign In link in the top right corner of OneSearch

Articles will be sent directly to your email and may take 1-3 business days to arrive.  Physical items are shipped to the library and can take up to 1 week to arrive.  When your ILL material arrives, you will be notified by email; and you may pick up your item from the library Circulation Desk. 

The loan period and renewal decisions for ILL items are determined by the lending library of the item, not the IHCC Library. To request a renewal for an ILL item, you may use your My Library Account, stop in the library, or call 651-450-3625. 

You are responsible for the on-time return and condition of ILL materials and will be billed for lost, damaged or overdue items.  ILL items should be returned to the Circulation Desk or the library dropbox outside the southeast entrance of the Library Building.  Abuse of Interlibrary Loan policies will result in the blocking of your Interlibrary Loan account.

Silent Study Room

The library has a Silent Study Room with 30 study carrels and some soft seating. Space in the silent study room is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Group Study Rooms

There are 8 group study rooms in the Inver Hills Library which are available to currently enrolled Inver Hills students. Seven rooms may be booked online using the link below or in-person at the Circulation Desk.

L111 is for viewing class films. Students may study in that room, but priority is for students required to watch films on Reserve. If necessary, students studying will be asked to vacate the room for the film-viewing students.

The primary purpose of these rooms is to provide a place for students to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups. Permanent assignment of rooms is not made to any particular group of students. Group study rooms are not available for functions such as committee meetings, classes, lectures, or seminars.

Please read the Group Study Room Use Policies below before booking a room.  

Book a Group Study Room

Group Study Room Use Policies

Study rooms are for groups of two or more. At least two people must be in the room at all times. Individuals should use the Silent Study Room. Group study rooms are not available for functions such as committee meetings, classes, lectures, or seminars.

Students must reserve a group study room either in-person at the Circulation Desk or online. A library barcode is required to check-out a room. If you leave the room early, please tell staff at the Circulation Desk. 

Rooms may be reserved for up to two hours at a time and up to two weeks in advance. Room bookings are set at a maximum limit of 4 hours per week per student.

Group study rooms are very popular. If someone is waiting for a room, reservations will not be held for more than 15 minutes past the scheduled start time.
Once your scheduled time has expired, you must be ready to vacate the room immediately so it is available for the next reservation.
All rooms have either whiteboards or whiteboard walls. Ask at the Circulation Desk for dry-erase markers. Please do not use your own markers, pens, or pencils on the walls.  
Please do not eat in the study rooms. Drinks in covered containers are okay. 
Group study rooms are not completely soundproof.  Please be considerate of other library users.
After use, all furniture should be returned to its original configuration.

The student checking out the study room is responsible for any damages. Replacement fees will be assessed for any damaged equipment or furniture. Cases of deliberate vandalism or abuse will result in loss of checkout privileges and may be prosecuted. If a room is already damaged or inoperable when checked out, please notify the Circulation Desk immediately.

The library is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal property. Do not leave the room unattended.

Book a Group Study Room

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