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Dan Daily, Dean of Libraries
University Libraries, I.D. Weeks Building
The University Libraries offer academic resources and services that are integral to the mission of the University. The library faculty works closely with the University faculty in support of research and classroom teaching. An emphasis on information literacy instruction by the library faculty complements the University’s goal to help students develop life-long learning skills. The Academic Commons on the first floor of the I.D. Weeks Building unites library, technology, and academic support services in one convenient location with a variety of individual and collaborative study spaces and computers. Academic and Career Planning Center, Center for Academic Engagement, University Writing Center, Presentation Center, Lab Consultant, ITS Help Desk, and all library services are open generous hours to assist students with their academic endeavors. Students may make appointments to see an advisor or tutor online in advance. Students can see how many computers are available throughout the building through a live web-based feed. A variety of individual and group study spaces and rooms are available for drop-in use or may be reserved in advance through the campus scheduling system, including e-collaborative rooms, a digital editing suite, and media viewing rooms. The I. D. Weeks Building is connected to the Muenster University Center, which houses dining services, bookstore, and student services and activities. The complex is open 118.5 hours per week.
The University Libraries contain nationally-recognized resources on Native Americans, significant art and humanities collections, and in-depth K-12 education materials. The Archives and Special Collections department holds extensive 19th century Western Americana, primary historical materials such as senatorial papers, Wounded Knee massacre and siege materials, and other unique items. The University Libraries’ collections include over: 658,000 bound books, 740,000 microforms, 495,000 government documents, 34,000 audiovisual items, and 14,000 e-books. Over 99% of the journal subscriptions are available online. Online journal holdings range from the complete archive, back to the inception of a journal title, to a more limited range of current years. The Research Gateway and Journal List found on the library website helps users determine quickly whether an article is available in full-text through our databases or journal subscriptions. The Journal List includes e-books, which can be searched with the journals or separately. The web-based interlibrary loan request service (ILLiad) enables users to request materials not available in the University Libraries, which often arrive within hours. Nearly all of the online resources and services (including the online catalog, full-text holdings, and 305 databases) are available 24/7 from anywhere in the world to members of the University population with a current USD email address.
Law School Building
Located on all three floors of the east end of the Law School building, the McKusick Law Library is the largest law library in South Dakota, containing the equivalent of approximately 200,000 volumes of primary and secondary legal materials. It also has a number of electronic databases, some of which, because of licensing agreements, are restricted to use by law students and law faculty. However, a growing number of databases are available for use by walk-in patrons. The Law Library’s print collections are open to the public, but to ensure continual access for all patrons, a limited selection of the volumes are available for checkout or use outside the library.
The students and faculty members of the Law School are the law library’s primary clientele, but the law library also serves the University’s academic community, the State Bar, and all the citizens of South Dakota. Its location in the southeastern corner of the state also attracts patrons from Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
Wegner Health Science Information Center
1400 West 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Toll Free: 1-800-521-2987
The Wegner Center opened in January 1998 and is named in honor of Dr. Karl and Mary Jo Wegner. As Dean of the USD School of Medicine, Dr. Wegner guided the USD Medical School as it evolved from a two-year medical school to a four-year degree granting medical school. The Wegner Center is a non-profit medical library serving the following organizations and programs: Center for Disabilities, DeGroot Center for Ethics and Caring, Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas, Mount Marty College Nurse Anesthesia Program, Sanford School of Medicine USD, Sanford USD Medical Center, SDSU College of Nursing, SDSU College of Pharmacy, Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, University of Sioux Falls Nursing, and USD Department of Nursing.
Conceived as a clinical resource, the Wegner Center’s mission is to serve the partners by providing quality health science information for health care practice, education, and research. The Wegner Center is a two-level 14,650 square foot facility adjacent to the Sanford School of Medicine and the Sanford USD Medical Center. Resources available at the Wegner Center include: 60 databases, 7,643 unique online journals, 8,698 online books, 1,145 print journal titles, 656 microform journal titles, 16,057 book titles, and 1,368 audio visual resources. The Wegner Center is open to the public.