June 15, 2009

Walter Summer Session Hours

Summer Sessions (May 26-Aug. 7)
M-Th 8 am-9 pm
F 8 am-6 pm
Sa 11 am-6 pm
Su 12 noon-6 pm

May 18, 2009

Walter Library Break Hours 5/17-5/25

Break (May 17-25)
M-F 8 am-6 pm
Sa, Su 12 noon-6 pm

M (5/25) CLOSED

May 9, 2009

Great Hall Study Space Open 24 Hrs/Day beginning May 10 through finals

2nd Floor Great Hall Study Space OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Sunday, May 10, 8 am through Saturday, May 16, 6 pm

The rest of the library follows the following schedule:
Study Days/Finals Week (May 8-16)
M-F 8 am-12 midnight
Sa, Su 8 am-12 midnight

February 18, 2009

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February 2, 2009

University Libraries Receive Prestigious "Excellence in Academic Libraries" Award

The University of Minnesota Libraries have received the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Sponsored by ACRL and Blackwell’s Book Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

“Receiving an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award is a national tribute to a library and its staff for the outstanding services, programs and leadership they provide to their students, administrators, faculty and community,? said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “It is wonderful to learn of the innovative programs and services being offered by these three exemplary institutions.?

The University of Minnesota Libraries, winner of the university category, was praised for developing excellent strategies to successfully transform and rebrand the libraries to secure a highly valued position on campus.

“The libraries understand the importance of the process of conducting scholarship and have implemented programs to support behaviors rather than product,? said Pamela Snelson, chair of the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Selection Committee and college librarian at Franklin & Marshall College. “By ‘getting in the flow of users,’ the libraries have moved out of their comfort zone and shifted into an engagement-centered model for all library services and programs.?

"We’re immensely proud of the success we’ve had in integrating our expertise and resources into the life of the campus,? said Wendy Pradt Lougee, university librarian and McKnight presidential professor at the University of Minnesota. “To have our staff’s innovative work recognized by the ACRL community is quite simply wonderful."

The Libraries will receive $3,000 and a plaque, presented at an award ceremony to be scheduled on campus in the spring, as well as special recognition at the ACRL President’s Program during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13, in Chicago.

January 19, 2009

Obama Inauguration broadcast today in Walter SMART Commons

The Walter SMART Learning Commons will be presenting the Presidential Inauguration in the classroom. Events will be broadcasted from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, with the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to run from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

December 15, 2008

Library Hours from 12/19-1/19

Winter Break (Dec. 19-Jan. 19)
M-F 8 am-6 pm
Sa,Su 12 noon-6 pm


Th (12/18) 8 am-9 pm
W (12/24) 8 am-4:30 pm
Th, F (12/25, 12/26) CLOSED
W (12/31) 8 am-4:30 pm
T (1/1) CLOSED
M (1/19) 12 noon-6 pm

December 10, 2008

Great Hall Study Space Open 24 Hrs/Day through finals

2nd Floor Great Hall Study Space OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Thursday, 12/11 through Thursday, 12/18, 9 pm

Study Days/Finals Week (Dec. 11-18)
M-F 8 am-12 midnight
Sa, Su 8 am-12 midnight

November 20, 2008

Library closed over Thanksgiving break

W (11/26) 8 am-6 pm
Th, F (11/27, 11/28) CLOSED

The Science & Engineering Library will close early at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen on Saturday, November 29 at 10 am. The library will resume its regular hours on Saturday morning.

Science and Engineering Library On Twitter

The Physical Sciences and Engineering Library is now on Twitter! Feel free to sign up to follow our tweets at We'll be tweeting about classes offered through the library, updates on new books, special library events and much, much more. Twitter is an easy way to stay on top of all the academic support services we offer here at the Science and Engineering Library without clogging up your email inbox.

August 27, 2008

MNCAT Plus now available

MNCAT Plus is a new interface to the libraries' catalog which offers new features such as:

* Google-style searching. Simply type a search term or two and click “Go.?
* Relevant results. The items that best match your search terms will rise to the top of your results list.
* Powerful filters. Start with a broad search and refine your results with the links on the right-hand side of the screen.
* Real-time availability information. See at a glance whether materials are available online or at one of our libraries.
* Familiar functions. Features like Did You Mean? suggestions and links to Google Books and WorldCat make it easier for you to find what you need. When available, cover images of books will be displayed.
* Social networking features. Reviews and tagging allow you to make your own contributions to the experience of others.
* Save and gather your citations. Push citations for materials you want to use or share to RefWorks and
* Integrated access and delivery. Search MNCAT Plus and then move directly to online versions of items or request delivery of physical items with the “Get It? link.

August 11, 2008

Reduced library hours over the August break

The Science & Engineering Library will have limited hours between August 9 and September 2.

August Break (Aug. 9-Sept. 1)
M-F 8 am-6 pm
Sa, Su 12 noon-6 pm

9/1 12 noon - 6 pm

July 24, 2008

Walter SMART Learning Commons now open

The SMART commons offers academic support for a wide range of subjects as well assistance and resources for student use of a range of media. Visit the Walter SMART website for more information on hours and resources.

May 19, 2008

Hours during May Break

Break (May 18-26)
M-F 8 am-6 pm
Sa, Su 12 noon-6 pm

M (5/26) CLOSED

May 12, 2008

Finals Week Hours

2nd Floor Great Hall Study Space OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Sunday, May 11, 8 am through Saturday, May 17, 6 pm

Study Days (May 10-11)
Sa, Su 8 am-12 midnight

Finals Week (May 12-17)
M-F 8 am-12 midnight
Sa 8 am-6 pm

April 2, 2008

Get It: Simplified Book Delivery for University of Minnesota Twin Cities Patrons

Requesting a book from a Twin Cities campus library is a new one-stop process for University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) faculty, staff and students. Book delivery services at the TC University Libraries are as simple as clicking "Get It"!

"Get It" consolidates book requesting services previously found in 3 places:

* Recall - changing the due date of a book that has already been checked out for earlier pickup at any convenient campus library
* Point-to-Point - for delivery of books not checked out, to be picked up at a more convenient campus library than the owning library
* Libraries to U - for delivery of books to on-campus faculty/staff offices

An additional service is now being offered with the "Get It" link:

* Paging - pulling books from the shelves of a library to be held for users at the Circulation Desk of that same library.

For more information on "Get It" check here.

December 20, 2007

Walter Library Hours Over Winter Break

Winter Break (Dec. 21-Jan. 21)
M-F 8 am-6 pm
Sa,Su 12 noon-6 pm


Th (12/20) 8 am-9 pm
M, T (12/24, 12/25) CLOSED
T (1/1) CLOSED
M (1/21) 12 noon-6 pm

December 15, 2007

Great Hall open 24 hours/day from 12/12-12/20

Walter Library 2nd Floor Great Hall Study Space OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Wednesday, 12/12 through Thursday, 12/20, 9 pm

September 5, 2007

University Digital Conservancy launches

The University Libraries announce the launch of the University Digital Conservancy, a freely-accessible online repository for the University community.

The UDC supports capture, long-term stewardship, and open access to digital assets including:

• preprints and post prints
• proceedings
• working papers
• technical reports
• other research in a variety of digital formats

For further information on the UDC or how to deposit items in the UDC, visit the UDC FAQ or contact either of the co-directors, Philip Herold or Beth Kaplan .