University Library

About the Library Collections

Collections Overview

The University Library includes more than 2.5 million items, including access to more than 22,000 periodicals and 250,000 U.S. Government publications, and provides global access to help meet the curricular, scholarly, and recreational needs of students and faculty of St. Cloud State University and residents of Central Minnesota.

Managing the collections involves a collaborative effort between library liaisons, faculty, program administrators, and students to develop a collection that represents user needs and University programs.

University Archives and Special Collections

University Archives preserves the official records of and information about St. Cloud State University, as well as several other statewide organizations. Included are catalogs, yearbooks, and other SCSU publications. In addition, Archives is responsible for several special collections of manuscripts and artifacts.

Acquisitions and Processing

The library’s acquisitions and electronic resources librarians and staff coordinate the purchase and processing of additions to the library’s collections, including books (monographs), reference resources, serials (journals, newspapers, etc.), videos, films, microforms, and electronic access to online resources.

Acquisitions is also responsible for labeling, temporary binding and repair, preparing bookbinding shipments to a vendor when necessary, and preparing theses for microfilming. 


Cataloging provides access to resources in the library's physical and digital collections by creating and maintaining bibliographic metadata to describe and organize library materials in all formats.