Reference Librarians and CarlTechs at your service!

The Research/IT desk is the large desk in the middle of the reference room on the 4th (main) floor of the library.

During the pandemic, chat is the fastest way to get help. For research help, chat on the lower right corner of this page 24/7. For tech help, chat on this page:

If you have complex or in-depth research needs

You may also make an appointment directly with one of our reference librarians. To make an appointment, use their online appointment schedulers, call, or email. Librarians’ offices are located along west wall and southwest hallway of the 4th floor. 

Reference Librarian Hours

Winter 2021 Academic Term:

Librarians will be available during the following hours by chat, phone (507-222-4264) or email (

  • Monday–Thursday: 10am – 5pm, 7pm – 9pm
    Friday: 10am – 5pm
    Sunday: 1pm – 5pm, 7pm – 9pm

Zoom drop-in is available Sunday – Thursday from 7 pm – 9 pm: You may also schedule an appointment directly with a reference librarian.

Summer, Winter, and Spring Breaks:

A reference librarian is on call during the following hours:

  • Monday–Friday: 10 am-noon, 1 pm-4 pm

CarlTech hours at the Research/IT Desk

CarlTech support is available in the library during the academic term. If no one is there, please visit the Help Desk page to get help. Please see their CarlPedia page for hours and details.