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2007-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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I.D. Weeks and Lommen Health Sciences Libraries


David Hulkonen, Director of Libraries
I.D. Weeks Library

The I.D. Weeks and Lommen Health Sciences Libraries offer academic resources and services that are integral to the mission of the University. The libraries’ faculty, all of whom possess a graduate degree in library and information science, and most of whom hold a Master’s degree or doctorate in another academic discipline, works closely with the University faculty in support of research and teaching. An emphasis on information literacy instruction in lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses, as well as in graduate courses, complements the University’s goal to provide students with professional information-finding and life-long learning skills.

The Library was expanded and remodeled in 1993/94 increasing its total size by 60,000 square feet to a total of 124,697 square feet. The new building included space for the Lommen Health Sciences Library. A glass-enclosed link with convenient access to the Coyote Student Center houses a computer laboratory. The Library has seating for 860 persons in carrel, table, and lounge settings as well as 85 computer terminals for student and faculty use. Twenty-five of these computers are located in a classroom used for bibliographic and Internet instruction. Ten computers are available in the student Technology Literacy Center (TLC) located in the Lommen Library (first floor, east side) to provide assistance with specialized web, electronic portfolio, and presentation software. There are also two computer workstations near the TLC that provide software and barrier free access to people with disabilities. Recently, the I.D. Weeks Library’s Reference area was reconfigured to enhance active, collaborative learning among students and to increase collaborative information finding in conjunction with professional librarians at the Reference Desk. The library is open 92 hours per week with extended hours during test and finals week. Both libraries offer extensive reference service during the week and on Sundays during the academic year.

University Libraries contain nationally recognized resources on Native Americans including Wounded Knee massacre and siege materials housed in the special collections department; significant art and humanities collections; in-depth K-12 materials; extensive 19th century Western Americana; and primary historical materials, such as senatorial papers. A total of 647,981 bound book and journal volumes, 739,900 microforms, 302,900 government documents, and 15,075 audiovisual items are available in the Libraries as well as just under 2,000 print periodical and newspaper subscriptions. Over 200 electronic databases and several thousand online journals are available 24 hours a day from any campus computer. Most new electronic resources are accessible from any geographic location, provided the user has a current Internet account at USD and a local network connection.

McKusick Law Library


John F. Hagemann, Director
Law School

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 more than 205,000 volumes of primary and secondary legal materials. It also has a number of electronic databases, most of which, because of licensing agreements, are restricted to use by law students and faculty members. Its collection of books is open to the public, but most of the volumes do not circulate. The particular strengths of the collection are in Indian Law, Natural Resources Law, and Health Law.

The students and faculty members of the Law School are the law library’s primary clientele, but it 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


Carolyn Warmann, Director
1400 West 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Fax: 605-357-1490
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 medical library serving the following organizations and programs: Center for Disabilities, Center for Ethics and Caring, Children’s Care Hospital & School, 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 Medical & Regional Office Center 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 three-level 22,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Sanford School of Medicine USD and the University Physicians Clinic. The Wegner Center offers space for 100,000 volumes and 1,000 journal subscriptions. The Wegner Center is open to the public.