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Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris promotes lifelong learning and the enrichment of campus life through instruction, research, scholarship and creative endeavors in the liberal arts tradition. Through an understanding of traditional and emerging technology and pedagogy the library provides space, resources, and services that foster the creation, access, evaluation and synthesis of information. Founded in the belief that all people have the right to information, the library also serves the intellectual and cultural needs of West Central Minnesota.

Briggs Library Policies


Briggs Library staff joins other libraries thorughout the nation in subscribing to the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" in respecting the privacy of its users. Briggs Library personnel will not divulge borrowing information other than giving the due date for an item.

Renewing Materials

All library users who are affiliated with the University of Minnesota and are issued U-Cards may renew their library materials by logging onto “My Library Account” and checking the summary page, which lists loans, requests, fines and fees, blocks and messages and personal settings. UMM affiliated library users can choose to renew all loans or renew selected items by checking the appropriate boxes next to the titles. New due dates will appear. If another patron has recalled an item or the maximum renewal time has been reached, the renewal will not be successful.

Loan Information

Physical materials at Briggs Library have loan periods that vary based on the collection in which they are housed. 

Late Returns and Lost Materials

Materials not returned within 30 days of the due date will be declared lost and the borrower will be billed the replacement cost plus a processing fee.  Reminders of due dates and materials declared lost are sent by email, but the borrower is responsible for checking their library accounts for the status and due dates of items checked out.  Overdue fines for most items in the library’s collection have been eliminated.  However, the following overdue fee policies still apply:

Checking Out and Returning Materials

Materials are checked out at the circulation desk on the main floor of the library. At this service point, materials can also be renewed and returned. Students, faculty and staff need to present a valid U-Card in order to check out any materials, including course reserve and items requested through the interlibrary loan service.

Briggs Library Card

Students, faculty, and staff must use their U-Cards to check out library materials. In the case of loss or theft of this card, replacements may be obtained at the U-Card office in 205 Behmler Hall. Community residents may obtain a Briggs Library card by completing a registration form at the Briggs Library circulation desk. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for community borrowers under the age of 18. All patrons are responsible for items checked out to their unique bar code unless the library is notified of the theft or loss of the card.

3D Printing Policy

The Rodney A. Briggs Library 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes.

Government Publications

Briggs Library is designated as a selective Federal Depository Program Library. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its government’s information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public’s right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. The FDLP provides government information at no cost to designated depository libraries, throughout the country and territories. These depository libraries, in turn, provide local, no-access to government information and in an impartial environment with professional assistance.

FDLP Logo, Federal Depository Library Program.

In addition to the print Government Publications items, participation in the Depository Program means that electronic access to a wealth of government information is available through the Pounce catalog. To limit your search just to government publications, choose “Government Documents” from the drop-down “Material Type” menu in Pounce Advanced Search.

Working at Briggs

Student Employment

Student Assistants play a vital role in the staffing of Briggs Library. They enable the library to be open during the academic year and perform a variety of tasks necessary for providing key services and maintaining collections and equipment.

The library departments who employ student assistants include: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Technology Support, Archives & Special Collections and Collection & Materials Processing. More information about these individual positions can be found below.

Please note that the library welcomes applications for student positions throughout the year, even if there are no current openings. Please apply through the Student Employment page with the OneStop.

The library also welcomes conversations with students who are considering careers in the information science, library, museum studies or archival fields concerning internships, fellowships or student employment positions.

  • Circulation: Duties include staffing the circulation desk, check in and out materials, assist patrons with printing and course reserve materials, shelve materials and monitor specific collections.
  • Interlibrary Loan: Duties include processing materials requested by UMM patrons from other libraries and, conversely, materials requested of Briggs Library by other libraries.
  • Technology Support: Duties include assisting with installing and maintaining the library's technology inventory (hardware, software and peripherals).
  • Archives & Special Collections: Duties include assisting with collecting, organizing, processing and cataloging archival materials, as well as digital documents and photos.
  • Collection & Materials Processing: Duties include processing new print materials for use by patrons as well as assisting with office duties.

Staff Employment at Briggs

There are no openings at this time. Positions are posted on the UMN Jobs site

Library Staff