Welcome to Briggs Library

  • Briggs Library director with Morris mascot, Pounce.

Rodney A. Briggs Library is here to support your learning and research.

Welcome to your library. First and foremost, Rodney A. Briggs Library is here to support your learning and research. We hope you find the library inviting and comfortable and that it, indeed, becomes "your library" whether you are here to complete your degree, your career has taken you to UMM or your home is in the West Central Minnesota area.

I want to add that the library offers more than information gathering and research resources, however. Wireless is ubiquitous throughout the library and for those who do not have a personal device at the moment, there are computers on every floor. The library serves as a gathering place for studying together, a location for working on projects which may or may not involve technology, and a site with comfy chairs to relax and take advantage of viewing and reading "just for fun." There are corners for focused quiet study as well as spaces for events and stimulating discussion. During the academic year, the library sponsors a number of events, including scholarly accomplishments, Asking the Big Questions, Banned Books Reading, Briggs Library Associates Events, Prairie Gate Literary Festival, Game Nights and more.

In quantifiable terms, the library offers more than 270,000 items (books, CDs, music scores, DVDs and other formats), over 150 databases, a large number of e-books and special collections like Poetry, Children's literature, Curriculum resources, Rare Books and the Faculty Learning and Teaching resources. We proudly also house the UMM Archives, West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center, West Central School of Agriculture archives, the Indian Boarding School collection and the UMM Faculty and Staff Scholarship Collection. All of these resources are included in Pounce, the online catalog of the library's holdings.

We're also proud to say that we share our facility with the Office of Academic Success (OAS). This co-location not only enhances convenience for campus residents, but enables us to advertise that Briggs Library is the "go to" place for help and encouragement in a variety of facets all supporting college success.

The OAS and Briggs Library staff also share a common invitation and piece of advice – "Just Ask!" Don't hesitate to ask for help from the friendly and capable staff who are eager to lend their expertise and knowledge of resources. Please visit us often, either virtually or in person. We welcome your suggestions for improving the library, its collections, services and learning spaces. Feel free to contact me. After all, as I mentioned before, it's your library!

Sincerely,

LeAnn Dean Signature

LeAnn Lindquist Dean
Library Director