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? Yes. 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 are responsible for getting the book back to us, of course. (See the Have Books & Articles Sent to You tab for more info!)
Our online catalog 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 the articles in them!), 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 on "Catalog-Books" in the left-hand column
* clicking on the "Books-Catalog" option under Research Help
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!