Linda Kramer

Linda Kramer

Director of Library Services

Reference Librarian

Sue Gurgel

Sue Gurgel

Reference Services Manager/Interlibrary Loan Services Manager
Mary Hames

Mary Hames

Cataloging Services Manager
Janice Nass

Janice Nass

Serials Manager & Technical Services Manager
Elizabeth Wessel

Elizabeth Wessel

Administrative Assistant for Library Services

We are here to help you use the library resources.

General Questions:

phone: 507-233-9131, or email:

Questions About:

Library Hours

Summer Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Regular Hours

  • Monday – Friday:   7:15 am-midnight
  • Saturday:   11 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm-midnight

Borrowing Policies

How do I borrow library materials?

The Circulation desk is located on the upper level of the library near the library entrance. All items eligible for a loan may be checked out at Circulation with an MLC or TdS identification card.

How long can materials be held?

  • General Collection: – 21 days, 2 renewals (Children’s Literature, Bound Journals, & Curriculum Items).
  • Multimedia Collections Fiction: – 7 days, 2 renewals (Videos, CDs, CD-Roms, audio cassettes, DVDs, etc).
  • Multimedia Collections Non-Fiction: – 21 days, 2 renewals (Videos, CDs, CD-Roms, audio cassette, DVDs, etc.).
  • Materials from other Libraries: – designated by the lending library (InterLibrary Loans).
  • Course Reserves: 2 hours, renewal if there are more copies on the shelf. On-site use only. Three weeks for specified materials.
  • Non-Circulating Collections: On-site use only. (Reference, Newspapers, Current Periodicals, Microformats, and Special Collections).

Will I get a notice if my books are overdue?

Yes, an email will be sent to your MLC email account. In addition, a “Courtesy Notice” will be sent a few days before your library items are due. It is important that you access your MLC email regularly to receive college and library notices.

*See Fines & Charges

Overdue & Damaged Materials

Blocked Account

If overdue charges have reached $5.00, the computer will block you from checking out any materials. Your account will be unblocked when your charges are paid. Contact library staff with questions about your account.

Overdue Items

  • Fines are charged for overdue items.
  • Borrowers’ accounts are blocked if they have fines and charges of $5.00 or more.
  • Courtesy reminders and overdue notices are sent via email.
  • After two overdue notices are sent, an item is considered lost and the borrower’s account is billed for the replacement cost of the item.
  • Lost items remain on the user’s library account until the item is returned or paid for.
  • Overdue fines and charges for lost or damaged items may be added to students’ Financial Services account with a service charge.
  • Charges for Interlibrary Loan items are determined by the lending library.
  • Questions about fines and charges may be addressed to Liz Wessel by phone, 507-233-9131, or email.

Fines & Charges

Overdue Fine Rates

Item Overdue Charge Lost Item Charge
General collections,Children’s Lit., Curriculum, Bound Journals, .05/day per item Subject to replacement availability.
Interlibrary loans: Determined by loaning library Determined by loaning library
Course Reserves: .25/ hour per item Subject to replacement availability.
VHS tapes, DVD’s .75/ day per item Subject to replacement availability.

Lost or Damaged Library Materials

  • Borrowers are financially responsible for lost or damaged library material and/or equipment checked out on their accounts.
  • Borrowers may check their account status online.
  • Damaged items should be returned to the library immediately so appropriate measures can be taken to repair them.
  • Damage includes:
    • Wet or moldy books
    • Books damaged by food & beverage stains, oily or sticky residue
    • Books missing pages or covers
    • Books containing marking by pencil, ink, or highlight marker
    • Books showing tears, cuts, graffiti, or other unusual damage

*Lost and non-repairable damaged items will be billed for the replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee.

Lost & Found

Have you misplaced a personal item?

The library lost & found is located at the circulation desk on the upper floor. You can inquire about items at the desk, by phone (233-9131), or by email at

Valuables (wallets, purses, checkbooks, credit cards, personal keys, drivers’ licenses, etc.), ID’s, and non-valuable items (clothing, umbrellas, etc.) may be turned over to the VP of Student Life for safekeeping.

Paper items (notebooks, photocopies, calendars, etc.) are recycled if unclaimed.

Food & Drink

Food and drink guidelines:

  • Food and drink are allowed in the MLC Library.
  • To protect the library materials, furniture, carpeting, and equipment from damage. The following cautions are in order:
    • Use covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles for drinks.
    • Pour unused drinks down the sink before placing containers in the wastebasket.
    • Deposit food and drink containers in wastebaskets provided throughout the library.
    • Deposit used paper in provided containers for recycling.
    • Report accidental spills to library staff as soon as possible.

Tobacco is not allowed in the library.

Confidentiality of Records

 Policy on Disclosure of Patron Records

The Martin Luther College Library follows the Minnesota State Law, which exempts libraries from public disclosure of “data that link a library patron’s name with materials requested or borrowed by the patron or that link a patron’s name with a specific subject about which the patron has requested information or materials; or data in applications for borrower cards, other than the name of the borrower.” Section 13.40 Minnesota Statutes 2007

Patron information is strictly confidential. It is for the use of library staff only; it can, of course, be disclosed to the patron. With respect to this statute, the MLC Library staff has on rare occasions deemed it necessary to make a particular item’s holder known to a professor who has an immediate need for the material.

Guest Access to MLC Library Resources

The Martin Luther College Library welcomes visitors and members of the community to make use of the library. To check materials out of the library, an MLC ID card or a Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative card is necessary. Visitors and community members may use the library’s computers for internet use. Access to certain online licensed resources are not available to guests.

Computer Use

  • The library has several computers available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Students have priority for computer use.
  • Catalog computers are reserved for look-up of library materials. Access to the internet is not available on these machines.
  • Guest login information for internet access is available at the circulation desk.
  • Guests should ask at the circulation desk about visitor printing capabilities.

Library Student Employment

The library employs several students each year for a variety of jobs. Library positions are listed on the MLC Student Employment page as they become available. If you are interested in working at the library, please check the Student Employment site regularly to find available positions.

Traverse des Sioux Regional Library (TdS)

 The MLC Library cooperates with the Regional Library System in our area, (TdS). The library catalog includes materials from all the libraries within this area. Patrons can request materials through the catalog which are then delivered to the MLC Library by courier.

What is the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative?

The Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdS) is one of twelve regional public library systems created in 1975 by the Minnesota State Legislature to provide support services to public libraries.TdS provides services to over 40 public libraries in the following nine counties of south central Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.

What Services does TdS provide?

Traverse des Sioux Library System offers the following services to help its member libraries operate more efficiently and to assist their users more effectively:

    • Region Wide Library Borrower’s Card
    • TdS Regional Shared Integrated Library System
    • Gateway to Minnesota Academic, Public, School and Special Libraries
    • Regional Telecommunications Network
    • Access to Indexes and Databases
    • Interlibrary and Intralibrary Loan Delivery
    • Cataloging and Database Maintenance
    • Consulting, Continuing Education and Training
    • Coordination of the Summer and Winter Library Programs Plus Other Region Wide Events
    • Library Advocacy

How did the Library System Get Its Name?

The Traverse des Sioux Library System is named for the point along the Minnesota River at which Native American Indian trails crossed, and for the site of the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux. This historic 1851 Treaty opened 19 million acres of Dakota land west of the Mississippi River to white settlement.

How do I contact the TdS offices?

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative | 1400 Madison Ave., Suite 622 Mankato MN, 56001 | Phone: 507-625-6169 |

The Library invites faculty and students to recommend new materials or items for the library. The Library Director will consider the suggested item and evaluate why and how this recommendation will enhance our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept donations at the library, other than money?

The library may accept books, AV materials (DVDs, etc.), educational materials for the curriculum library, art, and other unique items or collections.

What guidelines should I consider if I want to donate to the library?

Please consider how the items will fit in the library’s collection, what use they might serve, how they will serve the library’s purpose, and the amount of space the donation might require.

Will I be able to claim an amount on my tax forms as a charitable contribution?

Yes; however, the IRS has established very specific rules, which the library and giver must follow in order to claim such a tax deduction.

Who should I contact to make a donation?

Linda Kramer by email or by phone: 507-233-9131.

What do you do with items donated to the library?

Donated items are checked to see that they are in good condition, are not already owned by the library, and would be useful additions to the library collection.

What do you do with materials the library cannot use in its collection?

The library may attempt to sell some items through Amazon, or put items in an internal book sale or giveaway table.

I have some books; would you be interested in purchasing them from me?

Though this is not a usual practice, the library from time to time will purchase materials from an individual if they fit into the collection and funds are available.

Will my donation be publicly acknowledged? If so, how?

If the giver wishes, the gift may be acknowledged on the library website, on the college portal, or through one of the publications of the college.

* If you have any further questions, please contact us by:

Phone: 507-233-9131
Mail To:

Martin Luther College Library
1995 Luther Ct.
New Ulm, MN 56073

MLC Library: Upper & Lower Levels

MLC Campus Buildings & Parking

MLC Library Location

Please refer to the Building and Parking map above to find visitor parking.


The MLC Library is committed to providing access to their collections, resources, and services to all library users, including people with physical and learning disabilities.


The nearest parking lot to the library is located on the west side of the building. Enter through the Center Street entrance, follow the service road to the left, and turn right into the marked visitor’s lot. Sidewalks to the library are wheelchair accessible.

Building Entrance

The library entrance is located at ground level on the south side of the building.  Automatic door buttons are provided. There are two sets of doors, which are timed and automated to work together.


The elevator is located on the entrance level, inside and to the right of the entrance doors. It provides handicapped access to the upper and lower levels of the library.


The restrooms in the library are located on both floors of the library. ADA-approved facilities are located in the Wittenberg Collegiate Center.


If you need assistance, please ask at the Circulation Desk or call ahead phone: 507-233-9131.  The library staff is happy to help.

Directions to the Library

Martin Luther College is located on the corner of Summit Avenue and Center Street.


The nearest parking lot to the library is at the entrance on Center Street.  Look for the marked sign in front of the Concord Dormitory as you enter the campus.

The Chapel parking lot is also available for visitors to the library. Access this lot from Summit Street.  The library is a short walk away.

Sidewalks to the library are wheelchair accessible.

Building Entrance

The Library entrance is located on the ground level on the south side of the building facing the center of campus.  Automatic door buttons are provided. There are two sets of doors, which are timed and automated to work together.


The elevator is located on the entrance level, turn to the right after entering the building. It provides handicapped access to the upper and lower levels of the library.