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) 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

UMD's Archives and Special Collections can be a source of rare and amazing resources. We collect, maintain, and provide access to materials that document the UMD campus and Northeastern Minnesota. Our Special Collections include the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections, Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection, and more. The office is located on the second floor Library Annex.



Best Sellers

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

Books and eBooks

Our collection of printed books contains approximately 270,000 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. Our recently added items are on our "new items list."

We also have a growing collection of eBooks including a list eTextbooks that you can check here. Quickly access a wide array of eBooks from our library catalog where you can filter "available online" after doing a search.


We have nearly 1,500 CDs in our collection. Ask about out CDs at the first floor circulation desk.

Children's Literature

This collection contains high quality examples of children's literature. Preference is given to those books receiving awards from nationally recognized education, teaching, and children's literature organizations. This collection is located on the third floor of the library and can be searched here.


Search our many online databases 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.


A growing collection of games are available for a one-week loan. Play classics like Chess and Candy Land or try something new! See a past news article about our games, which you can ask about at the first floor circulation desk.

Government Documents

Graphic Novels

Our collection of graphic novels, comics, and sequential art support the curriculum and represent a diverse range of cultures and experiences. Here is a past news article about the Graphic Novels Collection which 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.

Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection

This unique Bible collection includes over 1,800 Bibles and other scriptural works representing 410 languages. Contact Archives and Special Collections for access, or visit our rotating displays in the library.

Reference Collection

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

Teaching Materials

This contains materials for teachers from preschool through high school. It contains 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

Tweed Museum of Art Collection

UMD's Olive Anna Tezla Memorial Library supports the Tweed Museum's fine art collections, with focused areas in ceramic art, photography, American Indian art, European art, and global contemporary art. Tweed materials at the museum are noncirculating. See the Tweed Museum of Art website

University Digital Conservancy (UDC)

The d-Commons merged with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities University Digital Conservancy (UDC) which provides free public access and long-term preservation to works created at the University.

Wellness Collection

The Wellness Collection includes books on self-help, nutrition, fitness, and other topics related to wellness. Here is a past news article about the Wellness Collection which is located in the library's first floor reading room.