Using the Library

Includes links to Student & Faculty tools and information regarding study rooms, testing, interlibrary loan, and other library services.

Library Brochure

This printable brochure provides additional information on the services offered through our College Library.


Circulation of Materials

Most library resources check out for 21 days and can be renewed. Fines are not charged for overdue materials, but items must be returned to avoid placement of a hold on a student's record, preventing the student from registering for classes or receiving grades and transcripts. If individuals damage or lose materials, costs for replacement will be assessed.

Reference/Research Assistance

Ask a library staff member for assistance in getting the right start to your project or assignment and in locating the best resources.

  • Sara Carman, Librarian:, 320-629-5169
  • Laurie Jorgensen, Library and Information Services:, 320-629-5145

AskMN for Research assistance  24/7

Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)

A free service providing quick delivery of requested books, articles and other material from other libraries to the College Library for student and faculty use. You can access and request materials through MnPALS, Minnesota State's library consortium, or MnLink.


OneSearch library catalog. It contains information about all of the digital and print resources in our library. It also contains information about resources available to you through other libraries within the OneSearch system. You can renew material you have checked out, search the library catalog, and request material from other libraries within the OneSearch system for pickup in the library.

Learn more about OneSearch

Computer Use

The library has 24 networked PCs available for catalog and database searching and also for computer assisted learning and e-mail access.

Computer Orientation

Library staff members assist in general computer orientation and online registration for classes.

Classroom Equipment

Faculty should contact the PTCC Helpdesk ( for reservation of computer and audio-visual equipment for use in classrooms.

Make-up and Special Testing

All testing is done through the PTCC Testing Center. Please contact the testing specialist, Patty Gerhardson, at or call 320-629-5197. 

Photocopy and Fax Service

Students are able to photocopy and scan on the student printer in the library; cost is 10 cents per page, for color copies. Library staff members at the Service Desk are happy to assist. with copying and faxing.

Study Rooms, Tutoring, Testing, Accommodations 

Use of Group Work/Quiet Study Rooms rooms must be reserved. To reserve a room, stop by the Library Service Desk, and register on the sign-up form. Please visit the special rooms page to see what is available.

For Accommodations  see Robin Johnson in room 81.

For Tutoring, see Santhi Sheehan-Rusk in the Student Affairs suite.  You may also use the tutoring center in room 84, just outside the Library.