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Education Program - Distance Students: Find Books & eBooks

Can You Access Books?

Yes, you most certainly can (and are encouraged to) access books to support your research!

Does it take a little more planning and a bit more work on your part? Yep, it sure does. It will typically take us longer to get a book to you than it will articles, but books provide a different type of resource to support your research and should not be overlooked.

You would be responsible for getting the book back to us, of course. (See the Have Books & Articles Sent to You tab for more info!)

Print Books

Our online catalog is called MnPALS - it includes all the print books we own at SMSU, our audio-visual materials, government documents, the titles of the print periodicals we own (but not articles!!!), as well as our electronic book collection.

You can access MnPALS from the Library homepage by
* using the OneSearch box and choosing the Books & More column on the left
* clicking the Books link on the library homepage

Our catalog is set up to search just the SMSU collection, but you do have the ability to search many other colleges and universities in Minnesota. If you're not finding what you need in our collection, feel free to search other libraries. Please ask if you have questions about how to do that!


As noted in the Catalog description, SMSU has eBooks that will come up in a MnPALS search. However, if you only want to search our primary eBook collection, you can go directly there by following this link: