The University of North Dakota supports the largest library system in the state of North Dakota. With holdings numbering over 3 million items, the UND libraries are dedicated to providing access to and information about scholarly resources in many different formats. The UND libraries are a major resource for students and researchers on campus, within the University’s distance education network and throughout North Dakota. The University’s library system includes the Chester Fritz Library and branch libraries (Energy & Environmental Resource Center, Geology and Music), plus the Thormodsgard Law Library and Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences which serve the graduate professional schools of law and medicine.
The University libraries provide scholarly information and publications in print, microform, audio-visual and digital formats. Many of the digital resources are available through computer networks allowing access from campus, home, office and off-campus locations. The Chester Fritz Library’s holdings support research and learning in the diverse fields of study within the University. The libraries serve as a major depository for state and federal documents and the Chester Fritz Library administers the only U.S. Patent and Trademark collection in North Dakota. The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections includes published works, records and manuscripts documenting state and regional history and the history of the University of North Dakota.
The UND libraries are major contributors to the Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN), a statewide online catalog of library collections and resources. Through ODIN, students and researchers may conduct computer-assisted searches for information about materials held in the University of North Dakota libraries and in other libraries throughout the state.
The University’s libraries are members of many national and regional library consortia. Through these cooperative arrangements, the UND libraries are able to access and acquire informational resources not held locally.
The libraries provide educational services including reference assistance, classes in information literacy and consultations on specialized research topics. Librarians also team with faculty in presenting information in the classrooms.
Access to additional information about the libraries is available through the University of North Dakota homepage: http://und.edu/libraries.cfm.