- Reference and research assistance: Online and remote options
- Reference and research assistance: In-person options
- Consultation appointments
- Research and Writing Help
- Online guides and tutorials
- Computer and technology help
- Circulation help
Reference and research assistance
Librarians are available to help you with research and use of library resources. All of the following options are available during the semester on a drop-in basis; no appointment needed! Summer session services are available May 15 through August 8.
Online and remote help options
Message us via the chat box on our home page. Available 24/7. When Metro State library faculty are not available, questions are answered by librarians at other institutions.
This service is staffed by Metro State librarians during the following times:
- Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Join us on “Research and Writing Help on Zoom.” Drop in via this link to connect with a librarian or writing tutor.
- Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask a Librarian form
Use this online form as an alternative to sending us an email.
To reach a reference librarian by phone, call the following number. You will get a call back if no one is available to answer.
In-person help options
Reference and research assistance desk
Drop in to the desk and work with a librarian on the first floor of the main library building on the St. Paul campus.
- Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Writing tutors will also be at this desk at the following times:
- Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Individual appointments with a reference librarian may be made at the librarian’s discretion and availability. These may serve best when a particular librarian’s expertise is needed, a question requires a lengthy or in-depth interaction, an interpreter needs to be scheduled, etc. To make an appointment, email email@example.com and describe your need.
Research and Writing Help (on Zoom and at the Desk)
Writing tutors and librarians are available for drop-in help with research and writing. You can get help with identifying topics, understanding assignments, searching databases, formatting citations, reading, revision, and all things writing and research—no appointment needed!
See the schedules in the “Online” and “In-person” options above.
Online guides and tutorials
Research Guides help you select a database, learn search techniques, and make the best use of library resources.
Computer and technology help
Information Commons Specialists located on the library first floor provide computer assistance when the library is open. They can help troubleshoot application and software problems you may have related to your studies and assignments. They cannot assist you with hardware and software not owned by the university.
- Phone: 651.793.1634
Tech assistance is also available from Metro’s Institutional Effectiveness and Technology (IET) department via the IT Chat Widget on the desktop of university computers. Students can access IET’s computer help through the options listed at Tech Help. Some other resources listed by the library are available at Tech Education.
Staff at the second floor circulation desk can help you get a student ID card, find items on the library shelves, check out or renew library materials, get copies of materials from other Minnesota libraries, and access course reserves.
- Phone: 651.793.1624