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Library Departments


Acquisitions is responsible for selecting, ordering and receiving new materials. They also receive book donations. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5565


The Financial Program Assistant in the Library Administrative Office is the major point of contact for building repairs, employee payroll and personnel questions. The Chief University Librarian's office is also located in the Administrative area. Located near the elevator on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5106

Archives and Special Collections

Archives contains the University Archives, the Senator Thomas A. Daschle Career Papers, the South Dakota Collection, as well as other material related to South Dakota history and life. These collections include manuscript and archival materials, books, serials, audiovisual materials, artifacts and photographs. The Archives also houses the library's digital initiatives and SDSU's open access institutional repository - Open PRAIRIE (Public Research Access Institutional Repository and Information Exchange). The Archives is located on the upper level.

Phone: 605-688-5094


The Bindery is in charge of conserving and repairing library materials and binding journals. They are also responsible for binding master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5566


Cataloging processes new materials (books, bound journals, audiovisual materials, etc.), creates catalog records for those items, assigns call numbers and barcodes and labels the items to prepare them for public use. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5561

Daschle Research Study

Housed within Archives and Special Collections, the Research Study provides in-house access to the papers and other collections of Thomas A. Daschle, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota. Located on the upper level.

Phone: 605-688-5094

Government Documents

The Government Documents Department provides specialized government information research assistance and access to United States Federal and South Dakota State government publications. Located on the lower level.

Phone: 605-688-5958

Information Services

Information Services provides assistance to patrons in all aspects of using the library and its materials. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5107

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department obtains scanned articles and  borrows books, DVDs and other materials from other libraries for SDSU students and faculty, both on- and off-campus. The ILL department also scans articles from Briggs Library journals and delivers them to students and faculty. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5573

Library Services Desk

This service consists of helping patrons locate library resources in the building and online, as well as processing loans and returns of library materials. The desk is staffed during all hours that the library is open. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5107


Serials staff are responsible for ordering, receiving, processing, shelving and maintaining all current periodicals. These include magazines, newspapers and journals. Located on the main level.

Phone: 605-688-5568