Free books

Please see the latest spreadsheet of Library discards and contact Danielle if you’d like any of them.

Cancer awareness

September is the national awareness month for several types of cancer. Learn more with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

We also have some really good databases for finding articles on cancer, including Academic Search Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and Salem Health: Cancer.

Check out these sites for more information:

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Banned Books Week 2014

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” —Article 3, Library Bill of Rights

Banned Books Week doesn’t officially start until September 21st but we feel so strongly about the freedom to read, we’re going to celebrate all month. Did you know there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from libraries and classrooms every year? Take a look at the American Library Association’s lists of Frequently Challenged Books and check one out from our collection:

Check one out and celebrate your First Amendment rights!

New titles in Credo Reference

Credo Reference has added or updated the following 17 titles since August:

Our Credo Reference collection now includes 661 reference ebooks and over 3.3 million full text entries. Take a look!
GR105.34 Encyclopedia of Urban Legends LB1139.23 Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care QH361 The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates

Films On Demand – new titles and webinars

Films On Demand added 258 new videos in August, bringing our streaming video collection up to 15,948 titles. Ask a librarian or register for a free webinar if you’d like to learn more about Films On Demand.


Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction for Academic Institutions
A half-hour demonstration covering basic content and function of Films On Demand’s 24/7 streaming educational video service–offering 24/7 access, individual playlist distribution, playback options from personal device to large-screen class showings, and an unsurpassed range of top-quality content.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Register
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Register

New titles

Take a look at the new books and videos we added to our collection this past summer. You can find these and everything else in our collection through our catalog, MnPALS Plus. Here are a few of the new titles on our shelves. Check them out!

NC1001 Graphic designer's guide HQ755.7 Scientific secrets RA645.3 Caregiving

SB475.9 Edible landscaping TR267.5 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 AG105 Infographica

HF5679 QuickBooks 2014 TK260 Illustrated guide T385 Mastering AutoCAD

LB1060 Make it stick NK2117 Kitchen bible PN4129.15 How to deliver

New CQ Researcher reports

Check out these recent CQ Researcher reports on autism, hunger, and transnational crime:


Understanding Autism
By Sarah Glazer
August 1, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 28
Is the condition becoming more common?


Global Hunger
By Tom Price
August 8, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 29
Can the planet feed itself in 2050?


Transnational Crime
By Peter Katel
August 29, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 30
Is cross-border criminality getting worse?

LexisNexis Academic webinars

LexisNexis Academic is an excellent resource for news, business, and legal research. Learn how to get the most out of this database with these free webinars:


LexisNexis Academic
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to the most news, business, and legal information available from one interface. Newly redesigned with a simplified, single-search box and improved search options, this research tool provides streamlined access to the credible information students and faculty need. Whether the search is on a current hot topic in the news, financial information of a specific company, or a following of a judgment on a case, LexisNexis Academic has it all.

LexisNexis Academic – Business
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to comprehensive, credible news, business, and legal information from one interface. This webinar will focus on business resources and Company Dossier.

LexisNexis Academic – Legal Research
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to comprehensive, credible news, business, and legal information from one interface. This webinar will focus on legal and criminal justice resources within LN Academic.

LexisNexis Academic – News
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to comprehensive, credible news, business, and legal information from one interface. This webinar will focus on news resources within LN Academic.

LexisNexis Academic – Shepard’s®
Shepard’s® is an extremely important part of legal research. Once you have found a case that is relevant to your research, you must verify that it is still good law. The webinar will cover the features and benefits of using Shepard’s® on-line.

The Chronicle of Higher Education


We’re excited to announce our latest online subscription, The Chronicle of Higher Education. This unlocks all kinds of premium content available exclusively to online subscribers, including archives going back to 1989. From their web site:


The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle’s Web site features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; an archive of previously published content; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

In print, The Chronicle is published in two sections: Section A, which contains news and jobs, and The Chronicle Review, a magazine of arts and ideas. Subscribers also receive the annual Almanac of Higher Education and special reports on diversity, the academic workplace, online learning, and other topics. The Chronicle newspaper is available in print and digital formats.


By creating a free personal account, you can subscribe to Newsletters, participate in Forums, and download the free iPad app. For those of you who prefer paper, we also subscribe to The Chronicle in print; look for it in our Periodicals collection.

Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

We recently added Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse to our collection, which comes with free access to the same content online. The printed set is over 700 pages in two volumes and includes 400 articles on topics such as:

You’ll find the printed copy in our Reference collection at RC564.65 .A33 2013 and you can access the online version through Salem Health.