The mission of the Normandale Library is to provide students with a wide range of information resources and quality professional services in support of the College curriculum. The Library also serves as a resource for faculty, staff and the community.
The Library is an integral part of the educational process at Normandale. To meet students’ needs, the Library has a wide variety of media, including books, magazines, journals, DVDs, streaming videos, CDs, slides, online databases, and maps. In addition, faculty frequently place course materials on reserve for check-out at the circulation desk. Print materials not owned by Normandale may be requested at no charge from other libraries through interlibrary loan.
Students may check out books from the general collection for 21 days and back issues of periodicals for two days. Some materials (e.g. audiovisual items, current magazine issues, books from the reference collection) are available for use only in the Library. In order to gain off-campus access to Library databases, students need to use the barcode on the back of their Normandale ID (NCC Card).
At Normandale, all materials are cataloged utilizing the Library of Congress Classification System. All items can be searched via MnPALS, an automated online catalog. Collections from other libraries can also be searched with this catalog. The Library's combined search function allows a single, simultaneous search of all Normandale Library materials and online resources. Faculty librarians can assist with in-depth searches, and staff can assist in operating the computers. Research instruction is also offered individually at the reference desk and during classes, as arranged by instructors.
Copies of materials can be made at a cost of $.05 per page on the photocopy machines or the microform machine printer. Printing from Library computers costs $.05 per page and is deducted from student print accounts.
Audiovisual equipment and desktop computers are available for student use in the Library. Electrical outlets for laptop computers and a wireless connection to the Internet are provided throughout the library. Group study rooms and laptop computers are also available for check-out at the circulation desk.