Library Services and Resources

We continue to provide remote library services and pickup service during library open hours.

Student oriented information and library building hours can be found on the Library COVID FAQ page

Course Materials Support

Scanning Service of Library Print Books and Journal Articles for Faculty and Staff

For print items from the library’s collection, and for course needs, the library can scan several pages or a few chapters  (within copyright considerations). Submit your request through the Ask Us form. We will strive for a 48 hour turn-around time, but please allow plenty of time before the item is needed for a course, as we are unsure of how quickly that we can support this service.

Video/Streaming Video for courses

If you are planning on using streaming media content in your class, here are some tips to ensure that you and your students will have access to this content when it is needed:

  1. Search for the item in Macalester WorldCat to see if we already have an online version available.
  2. Email Denise Tyburski ( to confirm that the title will be available during the dates it is needed. Streaming titles are licensed for a one year term. A title that is available today may be expiring tomorrow.
  3. If no online version is available in Macalester WorldCat, please submit an order request using our online form. We will search for available streaming options.
  4. If no streaming options are available at an institutional level, we will follow up with you to determine the best path forward. Please keep this in mind when planning:
    • If students only need to watch the film once and rental access is available through services such as YouTube or Amazon, they will be expected to obtain access to the film on their own
    • If a film is available on a subscription streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu, we recommend asking students if they are able to access the content on their own via one of those services, and purchasing a temporary subscription if necessary.
    • If the assignment requires analysis of the film involving multiple viewings and/or it is not readily available to students through any streaming service, DRC staff will work to create a digital file from a DVD copy of the title. The approximate turnaround time for creating a digital file from a DVD already in our collection is 2 weeks.
    • If we need to order the DVD, this will add to the timeline –at least an additional week, up to a month.

Traditional print textbooks and reserves items not available

There will be no reserve items, including Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) Print Textbook Reserve Collection circulated in the library this coming year due to factors such as material quarantine and contactless pickup. Also, traditional textbooks are largely unobtainable via interlibrary loan. Students should plan on acquiring textbooks through the bookstore or other means. Note: most traditional textbooks are not set up for library ebook multi-use licenses. Find more information about open textbooks: OER Toolkit Guide

What if the online version of a book does not meet my needs?

If the online version of an ETAS title (print books temporarily restricted to online-only access) does not meet your needs, there are some alternate options.

  • If you need access to a print version of the complete book and you are on or near campus, please submit an interlibrary loan Book/DVD/CD request. In the Notes field of the request form please indicate that you need access to a print version of the title.
  • If you need access to a small portion of the book (e.g. 1-2 chapters), please submit an interlibrary loan article/chapter request. In the Notes field of the request form please indicate that you need to be able to print the chapters. Due to copyright law, library staff can scan several pages or a few chapters, but not significant portions of a book. Please do not submit multiple requests for chapter scans from the same book.

Need additional help? Please Ask Us.

Requesting a Purchase – 2020-21 Academic Year

Due to the pandemic, our focus for the 2020-21 Academic Year will be acquiring materials supporting current curricular and research needs. The default for purchases will be in an online format to ensure access regardless of one’s location or ability to come to campus during the pandemic.

Faculty and Staff: Please use our online form to submit your orders. This is the most efficient way for us to process your request during this academic year.

Library Services

All Library Physical Materials: Request Contactless Pickup

Faculty and staff can request physical materials from our collections and through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Contactless Pickup will take place within the library during regular library hours, and it is limited to card swipe access for those who are also part of the campus ongoing COVID testing, training, community agreements, periodic full and partial quarantine periods, etc.
  • Place a request for contactless pickup through Worldcat for items that we own. Instructions for placing a contactless pickup request.
  • Interlibrary loan request instructions remain the same
  • Look for an email stating that the item is ready to pick up. 
  • If an electronic version is available, please do not request the physical item.
  • You will need your ID to gain access to the library.
  • Questions? Please contact us through Ask Us.

Interlibrary loan of print titles/DVDs resumes, slowdowns, and 7-week module planning:

Faculty and staff can also submit Interlibrary loan (ILL) borrowing requests for physical items (books, DVDs, and CDs) from other libraries. This is in addition to scanned articles and chapters. More information, instructions, and updates: Connect to Library Resources

Please note that the speed of getting books, DVDs and CDs –from our library or via interlibrary loan–will be slower than than it was prior to the pandemic.  This is due to factors such as staffing limitations in other libraries for ILL, current industry practice of quarantining ILL items in transit for 3 days before delivery, and contactless services.We encourage everyone to consider these factors as they plan courses and as students plan their work, most especially in a shortened 7-week module time frame. 

What you can do: Meet with a Research & Instruction Librarian (Zoom or Google Meet) to talk about course assignments requiring library materials so we can help ensure success via a number of possible solutions.

Research Education / Library Instruction

Research and Instruction Librarians are using Zoom and Google to meet with entire classes or individuals through live or recorded sessions. Learn more about scheduling a Research and Instruction session for your class to help your students with remote research strategies and electronic resources.

Virtual Research Consultations

Please encourage your students to schedule a Virtual Research Consultation for help with remote library research, organization, and citations. Students working on Honors and Capstone projects find these especially helpful!