Explore Our Collections

The Library has numerous collections available to help you with your research. To view items within a collection, click the name of the collection below. Learn more about where items are located as well as borrowing privileges for undergraduates, graduates, and staff/faculty. If you need any assistance contact a librarian.


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American Indian Reference Collection

The American Indian Reference Collection contains the American Indian and Alaskan Native non-circulating scholarly materials from UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center (AILRC). These materials are temporarily being housed in the Library Annex. The Mishoomis Collection Library in 315 Kirby Plaza consists of AILRC circulating materials.

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections department collects, preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of the University of Minnesota Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota. Our Special Collections also include the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.

Best Sellers

Our Best Seller collection contains popular fiction and nonfiction. This collection is located in the first floor reading room.

Books and eBooks

Our collection of printed books contains more than 200,000 volumes. The main book collection spans the third floor and fourth floor of the library, while specialized popular collections are located in the first floor reading room.

We also have a growing collection of ebooks, which can be accessed through the library catalog. The library also provides some textbooks as ebooks through its course content support initiative.

Children's Literature

This collection contains children's literature for primary and secondary school grades. The materials selected are favorably reviewed in recognized review sources. This collection is located on the third floor of the library and can be searched here.

Electronic Resources

Search our many electronic resources to find articles, books, media, and more for your research.


Our DVD and VHS collections contain a wide variety of academic, documentary, classic, and feature films. Ask about our DVD and VHS collection at the first floor circulation desk. Find streaming videos in the Library Catalog. This short video will show you how.


The library offers a collection of tabletop and board games to support curricular usage, student leisure, and library outreach and engagement activities. This collection is supported in part by funds requested annually from student services fees.The collection is located on the first floor of the library.

Government Documents

Graphic Novels

This collection features comics and graphic novels. Award-winning titles, titles that support the UMD curriculum, and titles that reflect cultural diversity are a priority for selection. Long-running comics series are typically not included in this collection. The collection is located in the first floor reading room.

Microform Collection

Our Microform Collection includes microfilm, microfiche, and cartridges containing newspapers, magazines, journals, and documents. The collection and reading equipment are located on the third floor.

Reference Collection

Our reference collection is made up of print and electronic reference books for finding specific information or gaining background knowledge. Print books in the collection are located on the second floor.

Teaching Materials

This collection contains materials for teachers from preschool through high school, including reference materials, children's encyclopedias, elementary and secondary textbooks, and high interest/low vocabulary books. This collection is located on the third floor of the library and can be searched here. The collection also contains teaching kits (kits, games, or manipulatives in a box with more than one format that are used for teaching). Kits are arranged by broad subject category.

Call Number Subject
TKA The Arts
TKE Early Childhood/Elementary Kits
TKG General Kits
TKLA Language Kits
TKM Math Kits
TKS Science Kits
TKSS Social Studies Kits

University Digital Conservancy (UDC)

The University Digital Conservancy (UDC) provides free public access and long-term preservation to works created at the university.

Wellness Collection

The Wellness Collection aims to support individuals by inspiring, mobilizing, and sustaining their path to wellbeing by providing accessible resources. This collection addresses self-help, nutrition, fitness, and other topics related to physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, occupational, and environmental wellbeing. The collection represents diverse perspectives relating to the aforementioned areas of wellness. It is funded and curated in collaboration with the UMD Wellbeing Program to support the wellbeing of the campus community. The collection is located in the library's first floor reading room.