Both campus libraries will be closed from Monday, March 15th thru Friday, March 19th for spring break.

To renew your items or check on your requests, log in here: 
 My Library Account 

  • Spring Semester: Remote reference assistance and instruction will continue to be provided remotely for both campuses. The Coon Rapids and Cambridge campus libraries' physical spaces will remain closed spring semester.  All study rooms, seating areas, library computers, and stacks are off-limits. However, limited days/times are available for "Grab & Go" to pick up online requests, with .

    • Coon Rapids library Grab & Go:
      You may request physical items online, or stop in at the library desk during our open hours.
      • Monday & Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm Grab & Go
      • Tuesday & Thursday: pick up/returns by appointment only, 9 am-4 pm
      • Friday closed (remote library services available 9 am-2 pm)
      Heart monitors can be checked out and returned at the library front desk. Do not return them in the outdoor book drop.
    • Cambridge library Grab & Go:
      Place your request using our online catalog. Pick up by arrangement during our Grab & Go hours: Tue and Fri, 9 am-4 pm.  Remote instruction and/or assistance is available Mon-Fri from 9 am to 4 pm.
      Follow these directions to request physical items for Grab & Go pickup. To arrange pickup time, you may call the library (763-433-1950) or contact the librarian via phone (763-433-1358) or email. After you receive an email with a loan receipt, you may pick up your item at the library.
    • Have your ID card ready when you pick up your item. If you have not yet gotten your student ID, you can request one by emailing
    • Individual research, instruction, and database help from library faculty is available via phone, email, or Zoom.  Book a Research Appointment to get started. Library Chat is also now available!
    • Check out our Library Video Tutorials for brief videos on how to use specific library resources.
    • You may continue to request journal articles via our FREE interlibrary loan (ILL) service, and online delivery will continue to your college e-mail address. Contact Candice Young with questions. Physical item requests through ILL are also available.
    • All items currently checked out (other than heart monitors and reserve items) will be automatically renewed until the end of the spring semester (May 7). This does not include items from other institutions that are borrowed through ILL.
    • All physical items can be returned to our book drops.
      • In Coon Rapids, please return them to the outdoor book drop at Entrance #1 (on the north side, opposite the visitors parking lot) or the library circulation desk Mon-Thu 9-4. Heart monitors should only be returned at the library circulation desk.
      • In Cambridge, please return books and DVDs to the book drop at the library door. Heart monitors should be returned Tuesdays/Fridays 8-3:30.
    • If you have items checked out from non-ARCC libraries through ILL (interlibrary loan) and need to renew them beyond their current due date, please follow these steps:
      1. Go to
      2. Click the My Library Account button.
      3. Click the StarID login option.
      4. At login prompt, use your StarID and password to log in.
      5. Once logged in, click on the dropdown arrow next to your name.
      6. Click on My Loans. Use the Renew link to renew each item.
      7. Check back in a few days for the lending library's response.
      8. Contact Candice Young or Juliana Boner with questions.
  • Click Library Search to find books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials at ARCC and other Minnesota state colleges and universities. Use your StarID and password to log into Library Search when requesting items.

    Library Search

    Click MnLINK to find books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials at public libraries and private colleges in Minnesota. Use the barcode from the back of your student ID card to log into MnLINK when requesting items.


  • Databases

    ARTSTOR: Art images - ArtStor Quickstart Guide
    BREPOLIS: International Medieval Bibliography--(on-campus use only) Brepolis Guide
    BRITANNICA ORIGINAL SOURCES: Over 420,000 primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images
    eHRAF: World Cultures eHRAF User Guide
    EBSCO: Academic, Art, Business, CINAHL, PsycArticles, etc. EBSCO Tutorial
    GALE: Academic including Opposing Viewpoints, etc. Gale Tutorials
    GROVE MUSIC ONLINE: Grove Music Help Page
    JSTOR: Arts & Sciences and Music Collection JSTOR Tutorials
    LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY: Create your own account for this resource, where you will find tutorials and eBooks, and practice tests for various exams: Accuplacer, ACT, NCLEX, PTA, and more.
    How to create a free Learning Express Library Account
    Historical Minnesota Newspapers
    ProQuest Newspaper database  ProQuest Help


    Please see a librarian if a year you need is not listed below.

    Annual Review of Medicine (2016 to present)
    Annual Review of Psychology (2015 to present)
    Annual Review of Public Health (2015 to present)
    Journal of Chemical Education (1924 to present)
    Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2011 to present)
    Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) (1979 to present)
    Journal of Sport Management (on-campus use only) (1987 to present)
    Sociology of Sport Journal (on-campus use only) (1984 to present)
    The Sport Psychologist (on-campus use only) (1987 to present)

    • What is a scholarly journal (sometimes referred to a "peer-reviewed")?
    • Why shouldn't I just "google" my research...what's the big difference?
    • How can I determine if a website is credible?
  • Search Films-On-Demand, providing high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. You'll need your StarID and password when viewing from off campus.

    Search Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video platform that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. You will need to create a free Kanopy account and sign in to access the collection. You'll need your StarID and password when viewing from off campus.

  • Finding Online Journal Articles using EBSCO Databases for Communication Studies, with additional information for concurrent students (14:54 min. running time)
    Requesting Articles Through Interlibrary Loan A brief tutorial of how to request a journal article through interlibrary loan (4:10 min. running time)  Downloadable instructions for accessing scholarly articles
    Popular Magazines, Trade Journals and Peer-reviewed Journals A brief explanation of their differences (2:50 min. running time)
    Using Films on Demand 
    Finding videos in Films on Demand (2:33 min. running time)
    Using Kanopy--Part 1: Creating an Account
    Creating a Kanopy account in order to view streaming videos (1:52 min.running time)
    Using Kanopy--Part 2: Searching in Kanopy
    How to find videos in Kanopy; search tips; accessing citations (4:19 min. running time)
    Using the JSTOR Database 
    Using JSTOR, a digital library containing academic journals and primary sources (2:44 min running time)
    Using LearningExpress Library
    Find practice tests and study materials for TEAS, NCLEX, Accuplacer and more in the LearningExpress Library(6:49 min. running time)
    Using Opposing Viewpoints
    How to find information in the Opposing Viewpoint database (4:08 min. running time)
  • Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions. 

    CQ Researcher provides in-depth analysis on newsworthy social and political issues, including background information, chronologies and pro/con features in its coverage. For more information, see the CQ ResearcherTutorial.

  •  Just getting started with ideas or need ways to develop your topic?

    • Roam the shelves in the library. Books are categorized by the Library of Congress Classification system (LC chart), a subject-based alpha-numeric convention.
    • Encyclopedias (try Britannica Academic) cover the entire range of human knowledge in brief. A search for a basic concept recalls every mention of that concept in the encyclopedia, indicating different contexts for it and some of the fields of study that have explored it. Subject specific encyclopedias cover the knowledge base of a single discipline in brief.
    • Check your textbook for a bibliography of books and articles consulted.
    • Browse topics in a library database:
    • Government Information: Scan by topic to find government information and services on
  • Agricola 
    USDA National Agriculture Library

    Minnesota Statutes
    Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws, and Rules

    Britannica Academic 
    An accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners

    NASA PubSpace 
    Public access to peer-reviewed papers from NASA-funded research

    CIA World Factbook 
    Information on 267 countries/entities

    National Library of Medicine 
    Access to PubMed, MedLine, MeSH, and more

    Federal Digital System 
    US government information

    Occupational Outlook Handbook 
    Information about careers, employment, salaries & more 

    Global Climate Change 
    Vital signs of our planet

    U.S. government science information

    Khan Academy (Subject Tutorials) 
    Free tutorials and personalized learning

    Statistical Abstracts 
    Information from the U.S. Census Bureau

    Minnesota Compass 
    Trends and data on the topics that impact Minnesotans' quality of life

    United Nations Demographic Yearbook 
    Demographic and social statistics gathered from national and international sources

    Minnesota Court Forms 
    Downloadable court forms from the Minnesota Judicial Branch website

    United Nations Statistical Yearbook 
    Downloadable yearbook - an annual publication 

    Minnesota Legislative Manual 
    From the Secretary of State website - downloadable MN Blue Book 
    Official website of the United States Government

    State of Minnesota 
    Official Minnesota state website

    U.S. Census 
    Census Bureau data about the nation's people and economy

    Minnesota Reflections 
    Over 50,000 Minnesota-specific primary sources & items 

    White House 
    Official website of the White House

  • Citation Help

    Tutors in the ARCC Writing Center can help you with citations and references.

    Style Guides

    After using any of these resources, always double-check your citations against the most current published guide. Below you will find resources for the most commonly used citation styles from the style guide homepages, as well as, the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How do I cite a Tweet or other social media? Or YouTube?
    • What is plagiarism and how do I determine if I'm at risk of doing it?
    • Which websites are considered credible and how can I evaluate my results?


    1. to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas
    2. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
    3. to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

    Source:, 2017


  • What Are OER Textbooks?

    Click to read the MinnState guides about OER:
    Quick Guide to OER for Students
    Using OER Through Covid-19

    Where to Begin Searching for OER

    Minnesota State Opendora - OER materials created by MinnState faculty

    Community College Consortium for OER - open texts for community colleges in a variety of subjects

    MERLOT Project, advanced search by material type

    OER Commons - links to texts in Biology, Business, Math, and Psychology

    Open Textbook Library - University of Minnesota’s OER textbook library

    OpenStax - peer-reviewed texts for students

    Directory of Open Access Journals - search or browse for free journal articles

    CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments - an open access resource for faculty and librarians, intended to be a collaborative space for adapting and experimenting with research assignments.

    OER Resources by Discipline

    CHEM: CLUE - Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

    ENGL: 88 Open Essays - Google Docs 

    GEOG: Open Geography Education

    GEOG: Syllabus, Quizzes and Exams | OER Repository  

    MATH: Getting Started with Math OER 

    MATH: MyOpenMath - self-study sources for students; pre-built courses based on open texts for instructors

    MATH: Stitz Zeager Open Source Mathematics 

    PSYC: Noba Project - Psychology OERs 

    STEM: PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations 

    SPRING & FALL 2020

    The Guardians, by John Grisham
    How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
    Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

    The 7 Habits on the Go: Timeless Wisdom for a Rapidly Changing World, by Stephen Covey
    A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota

    Mindful and Relational Approaches to Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity in Teacher Education, Edited by Julian Kitchen and Karen Ragoonaden
    Peterson’s Four-Year Colleges 2021
    The Struggles of Minority English Learners: How Learner Feedback Can Improve English Skills, by Maryann Hasso
    Transgender Educators: Understanding Marginalization through an Intersectional Lens, by Michele Dow

    The Science of Women in Horror: The Special Effects, Stunts, and True Stories Behind Your Favorite Fright Films

    82 Days on Okinawa: One American’s Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War’s Greatest Battle, by Col. Art Shaw (Ret.) with Robert L. Wise
    Caught in the Maelstrom: The Indian Nations in the Civil War, 1861-1865, by Clint Crowe
    Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich, by Peter Fritzsche
    A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust, by Albert Martin (National Book Award Finalist; 2020 YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)
    Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists, by Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gomez

    Authentic Aromatherapy: Essential Oils and Blends for Health, Beauty, and Home, by Sharon Falsetto
    The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele
    Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
    Tibetan Medicine and You: A Path to Wellbeing, Better Health, and Joy

    Apple in the Middle, by Dawn Quigley (2020 American Indian Young Adult Literature Honor Book)
    Before the Usual Time: A Collection of Indigenous Stories and Poems, Edited by Darlene Naponse
    Black and More than Black: African American Fiction in the Post Era, by Cameron Leader-Picone
    A Garden of Black Joy: Global Poetry from the Edges of Liberation and Living, Curated by Keno Evol
    Gender Queer: A Memoir, by Maia Kobabe (2020 Stonewall Honor Book)
    Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams (2020 Newbery Honor Book)
    Injichaag: My Soul and Story, Anishinaabe Poetics in Art and Words, by Rene Meshake with Kim Anderson
    MLA Guide to Digital Literacy, by Ellen C. Carillo
    Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, Translated and Edited by Adil Babikir
    New Kid, by Jerry Craft (2020 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King (Author) Winner)
    Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir, by Nikki Grimes (2020 Printz and Sibert Honor Book)
    Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga 2020 Newbery Honor Book)
    The Silence Between Us: I See You, Now Hear Me, by Alison Gervais (2020 Schneider Honor Book for Teens)
    Soldier for Equality: Jose de la Luz Saenz and the Great War, by Duncan Tonatiuh (2020 Pura Belpre Honor Book)
    The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
    This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality, by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy (2020 Sibert Informational Honor Book)
    Toni Morrison: The Last Interview and Other Conversations, by Nikki Giovanni
    The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson (2020 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Winner)

    Neil Young and Philosophy, Edited by Douglas L. Berger

    Transgender Health and Medicine: History, Practice, Research, and the Future, by Dana Jennett Bevan, PhD

    Hegel, Marx, Nietzche or, the Realm of Shadows, by Henri Lefebvre
    Neil Young and Philosophy, Edited by Douglas L. Berger

    Africa’s Gene Revolution: Genetically Modified Crops and the Future of African Agriculture, by Matthew A. Schnurr
    Green, Reliable and Viable: Perspectives on India’s Shift Towards Low-Carbon Energy, edited by Ajay Mathur, Adair Turner, and Noemie Leprince-Ringuet
    The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future, by Zach St. George
    We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, by Peggy Orenstein
    Gender in the Middle East & North Africa: Contemporary Issues and Challenges, edited by J. Michael Ryan and Helen Mary Rizzo
    Placing Latin America: Contemporary Themes in Geography, edited by Edward L. Jackiewicz and Fernando J. Bosco
    Private Racism, by Sonu Bedi
    Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality, by Celeste Watkins-Hayes
    So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

    Axis of Hope: Iranian Women’s Rights Activism Across Borders, by Catherine Z. Sameh
    Gender in the Middle East & North Africa: Contemporary Issues and Challenges, edited by J. Michael Ryan and Helen Mary Rizzo
    Invisibility by Design: Women and Labor in Japan’s Digital Economy, by Gabriella Lukacs
    Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality, by Celeste Watkins-Hayes
    Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women’s Intimate Lives in the Arab World, by Leila Slimani
    Staring Down the Tiger: Stories of Hmong American Women, edited by Pa Der Vang



Supplementary Information


    Coon Rapids 763-433-1150
    Cambridge 763-433-1950
    Class days only
    Mon-Thu 9-4; Fri 9-2

    Faculty Librarians

    Coon Rapids

    Email Gina
    (On sabbatical leave Spring 2021)

    MS, Drexel University

    BA, Franklin and Marshall College

    Coon Rapids

    Email Barbara
    MLIS, St. Catherine University

    BA, Mount Mary College


    Email Juliana
    MLIS, Dominican University

    BA, St. Catherine University

    Library Staff


    Email Candice
    MLIS, St. Catherine University

    BA, University of Minnesota

    AA, North Hennepin Community College


    Email Liz
    AS, Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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