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Subject libraries and collections
Resources curated by topic or region to support your research. These collections may include unique or rare materials in many formats.
Ames Library of South Asia
The Ames Library collects materials on and from the countries of South Asia, principally in the areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Geographic coverage includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and more.
Andersen Horticultural Library
Located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) is a reference library specializing in horticulture, botanical art, plant sciences and natural history.
Archives and Special Collections
The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Department of Archives and Special Collections (ASC) collects and preserves an amazing array of materials that support research around many topics and subjects.
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library primarily supports the faculty, students, and staff of the College of Design, but it extends to all students and staff at the University of Minnesota, as well as the greater Minnesota community.
Borchert Map Library
The John R. Borchert Map Library contains maps, plat maps, atlases, aerial photography, gazetteers, and more, including digital resources like geospatial data, databases, and tools.
East Asian Library
The East Asian Library holds over 160,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials, serving the instructional and research needs of the East Asian studies program
The University of Minnesota Libraries provides access to government information both online and within library collections across campus. This collection contains United States federal documents as well as publications from state departments, state extension services, and agricultural experiment stations.
Health Sciences Library
The Health Sciences Library collection supports the many schools and centers in the health sciences, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine. The library features a Makerspace, a VR Studio, and six 1:Button Studios, among other amenities.
Itasca Biological Station Library
The library at the Itasca Biological Station contains books, maps, and other resources that support the students and researchers studying at the station.
Magrath Library is the largest library on the St. Paul campus. It has collections about agriculture, food science, life sciences, design, and social work.
The Math Library, on the third floor of Vincent Hall, is a quiet study spot with lots of windows, long tables and a variety of study space. It has materials on mathematics, statistics, applied mathematics including a collection of current math journals.
The media collection contains video tapes, DVDs, Blu-rays, and some access to streaming video.
The collection is strong in the areas of opera, history of music theory, and 19th- and early 20th-century German periodical literature with smaller collections of non-Western and vernacular forms of music, including folk, jazz, and rock.
Natural Resources Library
The Natural Resources Library has collections on forestry, wildlife, fisheries, zoology, entomology, wildlife management and more.
Walter Library houses resources about physical sciences (e.g., chemistry) and engineering. One of the largest libraries on campus, the central location of this historic building make it a popular choice for students to spend time and study.
Wangensteen Historical Library
The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine collections contain materials and objects that broadly represent health, medicine, and biological sciences from 1430 to 1945.
Wilson Library, home of collections about the arts, humanities, social sciences, and other topical and regional collections.
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Find materials, including textbooks, organized by your university course.
Libraries course materials in Canvas
To easily access your class's library readings, go to the Libraries Course Materials page in your Canvas course.
Save money on textbooks and course materials
The Libraries provides a list of free required course materials available for U of M students to read online and to checkout.
The University Libraries publishes digital textbooks that are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed.
Related servicesCourse materials services Library staff help instructors find quality course materials that fit their class, set up course reserves, and offer individualized support using our resources and services.
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Explore digitized material from our collections, exhibits, and projects. This includes primary sources such as photos, letters, audio recordings, videos, and more.
Browse and search images, manuscripts, maps, video, audio, and more. UMedia provides access to digitized materials from across the University of Minnesota, in particular the University Libraries’ extensive Archives and Special Collections.
The institutional repository of the University of Minnesota, the Digital Conservancy provides free, public access and long-term preservation to work created at the U of M.
Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM)
DRUM is a publicly available collection of digital research data generated by U of M researchers, students, and staff. Anyone can search and download the data housed in the repository, instantly or by request.
Minnesota Digital Library
The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) supports discovery and education through access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota. Contributors include libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives.
A gallery of digitized collections and exhibits from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Other digital collections, projects, and exhibits
AgEcon Search contains full text working papers, conference papers, and journals in agricultural, development, energy, resource and other areas of applied economics from global organizations.
Umbra Search makes African American history more broadly accessible by bringing hundreds of thousands of digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives together in one search.
Ojibwe People's Dictionary
A searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers, allowing insight into Ojibwe language and culture.
HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust offers access to a collection of millions of titles digitized from academic and research library collections from around the world, including the University of Minnesota Libraries. Full-text of works that are out of copyright or in the public domain are available for viewing or searching.
Enlightenment Unbound provides scholars and the public alike with an interactive portal to explore the many variations of Jean Frederic Bernard and Bernard Picart's Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde.
Mapping Prejudice sheds new light on the historic practices of racial covenants, and how they created demographic patterns that remain in place today.
Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online (MHAPO)
MHAPO provides access to over 121,000 digital copies of Minnesota air photos found in the Borchert Map Library.
Campus history maps
The history of campus through historical building footprints dating back to 1860, maps dating between the 1880s and the early 2000s, and aerial photographs from the 1940s to the 1980s. The building footprints also link to over 5,000 historical building photographs held in University Archives.
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Reading for fun
Take a break from your research with options for fun reading in our spaces and online.
Popular reading collections
The popular reading collections offer a continually rotating collection of the most noted in-demand literary book titles.
The Kirschner Collection, in Magrath Library, has cookbooks and recipes from 1890-present. Items in the collection cannot be checked out, but may be photographed, scanned, or photocopied.
Popular newspapers online
Consult our guide to find newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, and other news sources available from the Libraries.
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