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Library Resources

Description: College of Nursing students and faculty have digital access to nearly all nursing, medicine, allied health, and related journals and resources through two academic libraries, H.M. Briggs Library located on the main campus in Brookings, and Wegner Health Sciences Information Center, located in Sioux Falls. Library staff support student and faculty access to on-site resources through mailing, digitizing, and other accessible methods. 

Hilton M. Briggs Library

Nursing students and faculty enjoy full access to SDSU’s Hilton M. Briggs Library, which houses extensive resources, including 28 full-time staff, 669,000 volumes, 403 paper journal subscriptions, 37,000 online electronic journals, and 18,735 electronic books. Internet access to library resources is available anytime from anywhere in the world. The library building provides a variety of study environments on three levels with seating capacity of 1,122 including lounges, group study rooms, conference and seminar rooms, over 400 individual study carrels, and 38 private study rooms for graduate students and faculty. Students and faculty may use over 55 fully networked Internet-accessible computer stations, or use their own laptop computers on the library’s wireless network. Laptop computers are available for checkout.

Database and collections: The library provides access to over 100 databases covering journals, magazines, newspapers, and books. Several databases have particular relevance to the field of nursing, including CINAHL, MEDLINE (via Web of Knowledge), Web of Science Core Collection, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, Alt HealthWatch, and EBSCO MegaFILE. 

Library nursing collections include over 26,000 volumes excluding periodicals. In addition to resources purchased in direct support of nursing, the library maintains similar acquisitions in a number of supporting or related disciplines. The library maintains subscriptions to 111 popular and scholarly journals selected primarily to serve the clinical and research interests of nursing students and faculty. In addition, 1,111 full text nursing journals and 4,600 full text health sciences journals are included in aggregated databases. Back issues are bound and maintained for almost all paper periodical titles held by the library, and many are complete from volume one to the present. 

Additional services: The library stores and catalogs final bound copies of all DNP projects. Staff provide individual and group services both on-site and via distance. All faculty, staff, and both DNP and APRN-C students can access these services regardless of their location, including:

  • Library orientation and instruction including Endnote software access and use.
  • Research assistance, with tailored student and faculty research consultation sessions with a subject librarian specifically for nursing resources.
  • Document delivery and interlibrary loan (articles and books).

Wegner Health Science Information Center (Sioux Falls)

Wegner Library adjoins the USD Health Sciences building and is located in Sioux Falls, SD. The facility serves the educational, research, and health care professional resource needs for the medical, nursing, and allied health care communities in SD. A university endowment supports a small portion of the SDSU cost. The remaining charges are shared between the CON and the College of Pharmacy based on user headcount.  


The CON faculty and students benefit from the health sciences focus of the librarians and resources at Wegner, both of which can be accessed electronically seven days a week. Wegner is the premier medical library in the region and a primary information resource for the USD School of Medicine, USD School of Health Sciences, and the SDSU Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy. Resources in nursing and medical science expand and augment the comprehensive nursing Briggs Library collections, including health related journal databases, over 15,000 ebooks, and 8,000 electronic journals.

Reviewed by the Bylaws and Handbook Committee 2/2015; 2/2019
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