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Library Services - Access, Essential Services: Quick Start


This page provides information on library resources and services to support our campus community as courses transition to online delivery.

Building Access

Hilton M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University is currently open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m..

Online Access

SDSU students and employees can access most electronic resources (databases, journals, ebooks) using university credentials. You will be prompted to enter your credentials when you click on electronic resources from our webpages.

Retrieving Materials during COVID-19 Closure

Library staff may have limited access to the library's collection of print books, bound journals, and government documents. We may mail books and other items that typically circulate to current SDSU students, faculty, and staff. Borrowers will be responsible for returning items via USPS (mail) or via book returns available at Hilton M. Briggs Library, SDSU (the blue book return located in the parking lot near the northeast corner of the library or just inside the main entrance to the building). Limits on the number of items mailed may be needed to ensure that all users are served. To request materials, contact your Subject Librarian. Requests can also be submitted via your Library Account (login from Quick Search).


Course and research materials



QUICK SEARCH will help you find many types of resources:

  • Books (electronic and print)
  • Articles
  • Music, videos, DVDs, and scores
  • Maps, archival, and digital collections
  • Government documents and research datasets
  • Journals, magazines, and newspapers (electronic and print)


Online course readings

Instructions for adding online articles from library databases to D2L course pages can be found here: Reserve Materials: Electronic Reserves


Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan service continues to fill requests for materials that can be obtained electronically.


Book Purchases

Contact your Subject Librarian with requests to purchase books. Ebooks are an accessible option during this time.


Library Research Guides

Our Research Guides provide links to recommended resources for specific disciplines and courses and include options for contacting Subject Librarians. Let us know what additional content would support you and your students.



Consult our Copyright Research Guide for assistance with copyright questions. A new section has been added regarding copyright and the rapid transition to online instruction.



Subject Librarians are available to assist all members of the campus community - faculty, staff, and students - via Zoom, email, and phone. 

Library instruction

Subject Librarians can provide instruction to classes via Zoom. We will also work with instructors to create materials such as short videos, written instructions, etc. to support online courses. Additional information about our Instruction Services can be found here: Instruction Services


Questions? Need help? Visit Ask @ Briggs for contact information. We are checking email and voicemail throughout the day and are staffing our Chat Now! service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Chat Now! hours will extend when classes resume on March 23, 2020.

Additional resources

Teaching/Research Support

Contact your Subject Librarian for assistance with library resources. We're available to help you identify and access materials, as well as integrate library resources into courses.

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