Library Services COVID-19 Letter to the Minnesota State Mankato Community

March 30, 2020

Dear Minnesota State University, Mankato Library users and community members,

Library Services at Minnesota State Mankato is working in partnership with our campus associates to take appropriate precautions and make changes to our regular operations to protect faculty, staff, and students in response to COVID-19. In the interest of public health and safety, the Memorial and Music Libraries have closed their physical locations and shifted to online and distance services only. As a result, our physical materials are only available through document delivery or curbside takeout (see our FAQs for details). Curbside takeout is available from 11am to 1pm Monday through Friday.

We will continue to support the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus community and encourage students, faculty, and staff to use our many remote services. The Library has online access to millions of resources including ebooks, articles, streaming audio and video, maps, and more. Explore the Libraries' vast electronic collections through the Library Services home page. Additional information to help you move to online teaching and learning is found on the Library Services COVID-19 Response and Support page.

Ask a Librarian for help finding sources or accessing library materials and services. Library employees are now working remotely, but are available via chat, phone, email, and online appointment. For questions about items that are currently checked out or renewals, see the Library Services COVID-19 FAQs.

Any changes to Libraries operations will be posted on our website and social media channels. Even though our physical locations are closed, it is our goal to maintain operations as much as safely possible.

Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and cooperation as we work to support our community during this time.


March 14, 2020 

Dear Minnesota State University, Mankato Library users and community members,

Library Services at Minnesota State Mankato is working in partnership with our campus associates to take appropriate precautions and make changes to our regular operations to protect faculty, staff, and students in response to COVID-19. We are available and ready to assist you in transitioning to online teaching and learning through tutorials, activities, streaming video, and more. If you are interested in how we can help you transition, contact us through our Email a Librarian form.

We will continue to support the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus community and encourage students, faculty, and staff to use our many remote services as much as possible.  We are creating a dedicated library guide to assist the campus community in using library resources remotely. It includes research tools, activities and workshops to help you bridge to online instruction, and reference services.  

Library employees are available via chat, phone, email, and appointment to help ensure that students, faculty, and staff are able to find and access the resources and services they need. For questions about items that are currently checked out or renewals, contact the Circulation Office at 507-389-5931.

Any changes to Libraries operations will be posted on our website and social media channels as information becomes available.  As some of the most highly utilized public spaces on campus, it is our goal to maintain operations as much as possible while mitigating the risk to users.

We encourage all staff and users to follow the guidelines on Minnesota State University, Mankato Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page and take the precautions of frequent handwashing and social distancing, especially when visiting the Library and using public resources like computer workstations.  Following public health guidelines, we ask that anyone experiencing any symptoms of illness stay home, as well as those within vulnerable populations. The safety and well-being of our Library’s patrons and staff remain our highest priorities.

Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and cooperation as we work to support our community during this time.