Dear MLC Students,
As your classes resume in new and different ways, please take note of this library information.
  • The library building is closed.  
    • Library staff will continue to help you get the information and materials you need as best they can under changing conditions.
  • You may still get email notices about library materials.
  • Automatic renewals have been increased, but you’ll still get a notice every few weeks as a reminder of what you still have checked out.
    • If you get a fine or bill notice, contact Mrs. Wessel at, and she’ll extend the due date manually in your account.
    • If someone else has a hold on your item, it won’t automatically renew.  Contact Mrs. Wessel to manually extend the due date.
    • We will waive overdue fines during this period.  All items will be due when you return to campus.  You will be billed if you do not return them.
    • If you return items in the book drop, they won’t be checked in right away.  We are quarantining items for a few days, so if you get a renewal notice for something you’ve returned, this is why.  It will be worked out.
    • Mrs. Bases is monitoring due dates for your ILL items, requesting renewals as needed. Owning libraries are cooperating because they are in the same situation.  Contact her at if you have questions.
  • We will do our best to get you the materials you need for your learning.  Let us know how we can help.  Email Mrs. Kramer at for item requests.
    • We may be able to locate or purchase an ebook copy for you to access.
    • We may be able to scan a few pages or chapters of the item you need.
    • We may be able to mail books to you.  (We will pay postage to you; you’ll be responsible for getting items back to us either by mail or when you return to campus.)
    • We may be able to help you figure out which items will be most useful.  (e.g. If you’re doing a research paper, we could email some tables of contents to you to help you narrow down the list of books you need.)
    • Unfortunately, items from the TdS public libraries and ILL, MNLINK, etc., are not available at this time.
    • Your local public library may be closed, but some are offering drive-up service or home delivery of items.  Check with your local library to see if they can be an information resource for you.
    • As conditions change, some of our options may change.  Let us know what you need, and we’ll try to get it for you.
  • The MLC library website, databases, etc. will be available.
    • There are many resources available on the library website.  Take some time to look around it and see what is there.
    • The Discovery section (second search box on the library website) will be your best source for finding articles and ebooks.  It also includes our print catalog, so it’s a good starting point for your information needs.  If you don’t find what you need there, email Mrs. Kramer for help.
    • If a link or full-text article isn’t working, please contact Mrs. Nass at  If you can send screenshots or a screencast of what’s happening, that would be especially helpful.
  • This is a new way of doing things for all of us.  We are here to help you.  Our contact info:
MLC Library Quick Help during COVID-19 e-learning
MLC Library Website — Use Discovery search box for books, ebooks, articles.
     Use Portal login info if you get a red login box.
Ebooks: available on the MLC Library website.
     TdS Overdrive and MLC Overdrive (use your library account login)
    *If you have a library card from your hometown library, you may have access to their e-resources.
Let us know how we can help!

Free Online Resources


The newly created National Emergency Library will serve readers around the country, who cannot physically access their local libraries, through the end of the academic year or until the end of the emergency.

The announcement explains:That’s where our collection fits in—we offer digital access to books, many of which are otherwise unavailable to the public while our schools and libraries are closed. In addition to the National Emergency Library, the Internet Archive also offers free public access to 2.5 million fully downloadable public domain books, which do not require waitlists to view.

Scribd is the premier digital reading subscription! Members can read and listen to the best audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines, and more — available anytime and on any compatible device.

Books and journals:

  • JSTOR  (books and journals)

Expanded access to content

Requesting Library Materials

The library staff is working from home during the Covid-19 Crisis. Please be patient as we get your materials in the mail or by email.

The staff will be physically in the library for one-half day on Tuesday and Thursday. That means that mailings will go out on Wednesday or Friday of each week. Please plan accordingly and maybe a few days earlier if there is a problem with delivery.

If you need lessons from textbooks please include the following.
  • Subject area
  • Publisher, if you have it.
  • Textbook title, if you have it.
  • Grade level
  • Specific information about the kind of lesson you need.
If you need sections of books scanned please include
  • Title
  • Author
  • Call number
  • Chapter or page numbers

We are here to help you!

Mrs. Nass

We are praying for our campus family, community and the USA that God will sustain us through this challenging times.