The library catalog is your key to finding print and digital resources in the library.
Use it to:
- Find books and other resources in the MLC library. (Use the "Map It" button to help find them in the building.)
- Find online ebooks. (See the catalog's sign-in help page for login info.)
- Get on the waitlist for books that are checked out. (Use the "Place Hold" button.)
- Request books from other area libraries to be sent to MLC for you to check out. (Use the "Place Hold" button.)
- Find magazine and journal articles. (Change dropdown from "in Library Catalog" to "in Articles & Databases.")
- See what's new at the library or find lists of books on selected topics. (Click "Catalog Home.")
- Use the "hymn index" link to search for piano and organ music by tune.
- Search the MLC history page and other websites. (Change dropdown from "in Library Catalog" to "in Library Website.")
Interlibrary loan allows you to borrow books from other libraries at no charge. We have three ILL possibilities at MLC, which should be tried in this order for maximum efficiency.
Follow the steps in this order.
- See if the item is in the library catalog as "available from another library." Use the "place hold" button to have it sent to MLC for you to check out.
- Check MNLINK to see if the item is available from another Minnesota library. Books will be sent to MLC for you to check out within a week or so. Articles will be emailed to you within a few days.
- Fill out the ILL request form to see if we can find the item from another library. Books will be sent to MLC for you to check out in about 1-3 weeks. Articles will be emailed to you within a few days.
Reservable Spaces in the Library
The following rooms are reservable by faculty, staff, or students for meetings:
- Library Conference Room -- Large table, large-screen monitor, large whiteboards, and seating up to 16
- Gag, Luther, Larsson, and Local Artists Rooms -- Each has a table, rolling whiteboard
- Library Classroom 100 -- Moveable tables, projector and screen, large whiteboards, and seating for 24-30
To schedule library spaces, contact Susan Plocher in the library.
Note: Board Room reservations are scheduled through Michelle Gartner.
Piano and Organ Music
Our library has a large collection of piano and organ music. Much of it is matched to hymn tunes via the Music Library link in Portal. At this site, you can look for a hymn title, number (from several Lutheran hymnals), or hymn tune name and find all of the piano and organ music we have that goes with that tune. Make a list, find the music on the shelves in the library's music room, and check out the music. This is a great way to find music you'll only use occasionally or to try a music book before you buy it. We also have a keyboard in the music room, so you can try the pieces before you check them out.
- Loan Periods: Most items circulate for 3 weeks followed by 2 automatic renewals. Contact us for additional extensions.
- Library Card: Your faculty/staff ID is your library card. It may also be used as a library card at the New Ulm Public Library and other public libraries in the TdS region. You may also wish to obtain a public library card from your local library.
- Fines: You will not accrue fines for items checked out at MLC. (You will be responsible for paying for lost or damaged items, however.) If you check things out with your MLC card at other libraries, fines will occur under that library's rules.
- Interlibrary Loan: We encourage the use of interlibrary loan, or ILL, to supplement our collection. ILL loan periods and fines are determined by the lending library.
- Purchase Recommendations: Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend books, teaching aids, and other resources for the library collection, especially from their areas of expertise. Recommendations may be sent by any convenient medium to Linda Kramer (general collection) or Sue Gurgel (children's literature).
The MLC library has ebooks available through several different services. Some allow you to check out a book for a period of time, just like a regular library book. Others allow use for multiple people at one time. You may be able to print and/or save sections of a book.
The best way to find ebooks is by using the library's catalog. Search for a book, and at the top of the results list, you can click the "Available Online" button to see your digital options, including ebooks and some audiobooks.
You'll see two different buttons for checking out ebooks.
- Check Out from Overdrive/Libby: Downloading the Libby app is the best option for these. You'll log in with your library card (MLC ID barcode) number and library password. (See the catalog's sign-in help page for password information.)
- MLC Users Online Access: If you are on campus, you shouldn't need to log in. If you're off campus, a login page will pop up, and you'll use your MLC login (same as Portal and Moodle) for access.
Library databases are the source of digital content like journal articles and online reference books.
Our Discovery link searches many databases at once, but if you know you need to use a particular database, you can use it directly.
Some popular databases are:
- ATLA (Religion)
- JSTOR (History, social sciences)
- Oxford Music (Music)
- Gale Literature Resource Center (Literature)
- CLCD - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (Children's literature)
- OED - Oxford English Dictionary
- Ebooks Minnesota (Variety of books from Minnesota publishers)
- Newspaper Source (US & international newspapers)
- Points of View Reference Center (Varying viewpoints on current topics)
In addition to books and study areas, the MLC library has many other spaces that you might find useful.
- Academic Success Center: Student tutoring
- Art Classroom: Prof. Berg's classroom
- Bound Periodicals: Older copies of magazines and journals
- Computer Lab: Individual computers and group-study cubicles
- Curriculum Room: K-12 textbooks and teaching aids for lesson planning
- Lower Service Desk: Get help finding books, makerspace & curriculum room help
- Makerspace: Large work tables, die-cut machines, and laminating.
- New Books: Shelves displaying the newest additions to the library collection
- Music Room: Organ and piano music, CDs, DVDs, LPs.
- Ready Reference: Frequently used books for in-library use
- Reference Area: Background info on many topics; in-library use only
- Main Service Desk: Checkouts, returns, reserves, research help
- Stacks: Main book collection
- Starbooks: Comfortable study area, free coffee/tea/hot chocolate
- Study Rooms: Individual and group work areas
Other Things in the Library
The library has many other tools for you to use. Stop in when you need any of these:
- Charging cords: Check out at the main service desk -- 1-week checkout
- Coffee, tea, hot cocoa: Free from 8-11 pm -- Lower-level Starbooks room
- Collaborative tables: Main-level Classroom Lib100 area -- OK to rearrange for group work, etc.
- External CD/DVD players, HDMI cords: Check out at the main service desk
- Laminating service: Laminate posters, etc. for a reasonable price -- Leave your order in the designated area of the makerspace -- Usually done within 1-2 days
- Markers and colored pencils: Lower-level makerspace area
- Pencil sharpener, 3-hole punch, stapler, etc.: Near main-level computers, for in-library use
- Photocopier/scanner: Near main-level restrooms -- Requires dimes for copying (get change at the main service desk) -- Scan and email to yourself: free; instructions provided on the copier
- Power strips: Check out at the main service desk -- 1-week checkout
- Printers: By main-level computers: Lib 1 HP M551 (color), Lib 1 HP M602 (black & white) -- By lower-level computers: Lib 0 HP M602 (black & white) -- Log into our computers and print using your print credit -- Wireless printing is not available
- Rolling whiteboards: Located throughout the library -- OK to move them to your study space
- Shape-cutting tools (die cuts): Lower-level makerspace area
- Whiteboard markers & erasers: Check out at the main service desk -- 1-week checkout
Navigating the Library
Looking for something in the library? Try these resources to help you find what you're looking for:
- "Map It" button in the catalog. Shows you where in the library you can find books and other items.
- Follow signs in the library to help you find various areas.
- Ask a librarian or student worker. It's ok to walk in to the library office.
- Use the help sheets found near the main level service desk.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get help from a librarian.
- MLC Library Website: Information about the library and its resources.
- Discovery: One-stop source for journal articles and other digital content.
- MLC Catalog: Books in the MLC Library. Also includes items from area public libraries (TdS); place holds for pickup at MLC, usually in 3-5 days.
- MNLINK: Minnesota libraries--Request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 5-10 days.
- ILL (interlibrary loan): Items that you can't find in MLC, TdS, or MNLINK, usually arrive in 1-3 weeks.
- Music Library: Find piano and organ music based on hymn tunes.
- MLC KnightHelp: Help with passwords, Moodle, and more.
Sometimes you'll find a good article or resource, and you'll want to be able to return to it easily. But you tried copying the URL, and it just didn't work right to get you back to the article. There's a solution for this: using permalinks.
Permalinks, also known as stable links, permanent links, document URLs, or stable URLs, are links that don't break when you go back to them. This means you can save, cite, or share the articles with others. This is especially important for information from paid library databases that require you to either be on campus or logged in while using the resource. If you don't use the permalink, you might get to the article but then be prompted to pay for it, even though the library may provide it to you at no cost.
Here's how to use permalinks:
- Find an article in a library database or by using our Discovery search.
- Look for a button that says permalink, stable URL, stable link, etc. It might be in a side menu or top or bottom menu.
- Copy the permalink. It may start with something like https://emil.mlc-wels.edu/login?url= That's our proxy URL, the part that makes it available only to MLC users and forces you to log in if you're off-campus.
- Paste the permalink into your reference manager, Moodle, email, or document.
For more info about permalinks, see this well-developed guide from Texas State University.
Need help with something library-related?
Check the Tutorials tab above for some quick tips for using some library resources.
These help sheets provide information on aspects of the library. Print copies are available near the Luther statue in the library lobby.
- Browsing for Books
- Browsing for Children's Literature
- Confessional Lutheran Journals
- Curriculum Room
- Discovery Mobile App
- Finding Books in the Library
- Getting Articles
- Getting Books: 1, 2, 3
- Libby Ebooks & Audiobooks
- Library Login
- Library Research Pathfinder
- MTLE Prep
- Navigating the Library
- Resources for Teaching Religion
- Searching Specific Journals
- Using the Library Catalog to Find Books
- What's in the Library?
Reference, Research Help, Interlibrary Loan, Children's Literature
Databases, Journals, Reserves, Website
Curriculum Library, Makerspace, Checkouts, Fines and Bills
Catalog Records, Call Numbers
Library Director, Materials Selection, Research Help, Reference
1. This tutorial will show you how to find peer-reviewed journals in library databases. Use the arrows to navigate between steps if the tutorial does not advance on its own or to skip typing in any step. Click the right arrow in the menu below to begin.
2. From the MLC Library website (mlc-wels.edu/library), click in the search box for Discovery: Electronic Resources.
3. Enter your search terms. Try education.
4. Click Search.
5. On the search results page, check the box for Limit To . . . Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
6. Your search results will update to include only peer-reviewed journals.
To read an article, click on a full-text link such as PDF Full Text.
7. This will take you to the article.
Sometimes you'll have to click through a few more links to get to the content of the article.
Let's go back to the search results page. Click Result List.
8. You may also wish to narrow your results by a particular journal. To do that, click Limit by Publication.
9. Click Show More to see all of the journals included in your search results.
10. The default sort is by "hit count," but you can change to an alphabetical sort by clicking the Name column heading.
11. You can scroll down and select one or more individual journals.
12. Click Update.
13. Your results will now be narrowed to peer-reviewed journals and the specific titles you chose.
14. Please contact the library if you have any questions: email@example.com.
Here's an interactive tutorial** Best experienced in Full Screen (click the icon in the top right corner before you begin) **
1. This tutorial will show you how to read an entire journal issue online. Use the arrows to navigate between steps if the tutorial does not advance on its own. You may also use the arrows to skip typing in any step. Click the right arrow to begin.
2. Begin at the MLC library website: mlc-wels.edu/library
3. Scroll down and click Search for Publications.
4. Enter the title of the journal you're looking for.
5. If we have access to the journal, its name will pop up as you type.
6. Click Full Text Access.
7. You'll get a list of databases that contain this journal title along with the dates covered by our access.
Sometimes there will be multiple databases to choose from. Some will work a little different from the next steps, but they all provide access.
8. Choose a year from the list on the right.
9. Then click the issue you want to read.
10. Choose "PDF Full Text" for any article.
11. Now, on the left, you'll have a way to navigate the entire journal issue. To get to the first article and read in order, click the back arrow.
12. Click 1 - 5.
13. Now the articles will be listed in the order they appear in the journal. Click the first title, and you'll get the full text of the article.
14. You can continue reading each article in the 1-5 section. You might have to scroll down to see all of them.
15. Then click 6-10 to see the next set of articles.
16. Continue clicking and reading in the same manner until you've read the entire journal.
17. Click DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ...
18. If you want to save the article to read later or send it to a friend, click the link icon to obtain the permalink for the article.
19. Click the permalink, and then use Ctrl+C to copy it. Paste it into a document or email. It will be readable by MLC faculty, staff, and students, who will need to log in with their Portal info if they are off campus.
20. If you have questions about using our journals or databases, please contact a librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
21. If you have questions about using our journals or databases, please contact a librarian at email@example.com.
Here's an interactive tutorial** Best experienced in Full Screen (click the icon in the top right corner before you begin) **
1. The Gale Literature Resource Center is now integrated with the MLC catalog, making it easier to find biographical and critical information about authors and works.
Use the arrows in the bottom center of the screen to navigate this tutorial.
2. Begin at the MLC library catalog and search for an article or publication. In this example, I've used the author Jaroslav Hasek.
3. Scroll down and find one of the Gale ebook resources and click MLC Users Online Access.
On-campus users will not have to log in. Off-campus users will log in with their Portal credentials.
4. Enter the name or title again in the "Search within publication" box and click Submit. This will search the single title that you linked from the catalog.
5. To read an article, click on its title. Scroll down and click the article title.
6. You should see the full text of the article.
7. DO NOT click on the Full Text Finder link. It will result in a dead-end page that has to an ILL request link.
8. If, instead of searching "Search within publication" on the right, you search at the top of the screen, you will search all of the resources in the Gale Literature Resource Center.
9. You may then scroll through the articles or narrow them by topic.
10. I hope you will find it useful to have the Gale Literature Resource Center incorporated into the MLC catalog. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues.