Library Services for Students


The Busse Library is physically open approximately 93 hours per week during spring and fall semesters. It is virtually open 24/7 online with access to many electronic resources through your Brightspace account at  The building has 65,000 square feet; there are nearly 130,000 volumes. There are 20 computers in the Reference Area; 22 PCs in the Computer Classroom; a Mac computer lab, and over 40 PCs in the Computer Center. 


See the Reference Librarians for assistance in finding information using a wide variety of print and electronic sources, doing literature searches, citation verification, bibliographies, using the Internet and other special reference and information services. Stop at the desk, call 368-6465 or ext. 1246 or email Appointments may be made for in-depth term paper or project consultation. Start your library research early in a semester or accelerated program block to have time to gather the most useful information.


Finding, evaluating and using information is the mainstay of a college education. There are numerous handouts and videos online to assist students with various aspects of this process. The reference staff is here help you learn about the use of the library for assignments and papers.   Workshops and individual instruction are available. Come to the Reference Desk or call 368-6465.


WorldCat, the library catalog is searchable at  Search by keyword as default; select a tab to isolate items of interest (articles, books, and videos).  Results can reflect holdings in the area corridor, greater Iowa, and/or the world.    


We have current subscriptions to over 10,000 journals, magazines and newspapers that are accessible using the electronic periodical indexes available on the Busse Library Web and your Brightspace account. Visit the library's A to Z service to search for a title of interest or to browse holdings by subject.


Students may check-out books for four weeks. Videos and periodicals (magazines/journals) circulate for 72 hours (3 days). Curriculum Center items may be checked out for four weeks. Books, photocopies of articles, videos and other materials are sometimes put on reserve by faculty for student use. Most may be checked out for 2 hours for in-library use only. Some faculty have links to full-text articles for assigned readings in your Brightspace course pages.


Books and photocopies of journal articles may be ordered for personal use through interlibrary loan (ILL). Journal articles usually arrive within a week. Books may take a bit longer. Books may usually be kept for up to three weeks. Complete an online form for each article or book you need. Always check to see if Busse Library may have the journal or book before submitting a form. ILL requests may be made by filling out a form on the Busse Library webpage and directly from periodical databases. Ask a Librarian for assistance.


Our media collection includes videos, DVDs, tapes, music CDs and teaching kits along with digital cameras, videocameras, and other equipment. Media collection items are now located on the main floor behind the reference collection. There are listening and viewing areas on the first floor. Films may be checked out for three days; equipment may be checked out for 24 hours. There are listening and viewing areas on the main floor.  Films may be checked out for three days; equipment may be checked out for 24 hours. 


The Curriculum Center on the lower level is a working analog of a school library/media center with over 10,000 items. Children's books and teaching aids are in this collection. Items in this collection circulate for three weeks at a time.  


Visit Busse Center Library on the web or click the Library link in your Brightspace account for off-campus access to the Library.   Some information resources are restricted to on campus use or require passwords. See the Reference Librarian for passwords or access the library through your Brightspace account.


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