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Beulah Williams Library         

Robert Russell, Director            


1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-3018

Text: 605-277-4678 or 605-277-4NSU

Fax: 605-626-2473

Email: Contact Us


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Library Services for On-Campus Students


Coming to the library? Don't forget to bring your ID! For the best possible library experience on and off campus including access to the services described here, you'll need your student ID.

Low Battery?


Try the new Laptop Battery Charging Station at the Circulation desk!



Forms/Feedback​ Services​ Information about...​
Research Appointment
Artwork Exhibition Request
Borrowing, Fines & Renewals
Interlibrary Loan
Off Campus Access
Printing & Copying

Online Research FAQs Evaluating Information
Citing Sources
Avoiding Plagiarism
Work Study Employment



Off Campus Access and the Card

Have your student ID activated for use as a library card at the circulation desk when you first come to Williams Library. Use it to check out items, access reserve items, order through interlibrary loan, or use the online databases from off campus.


You'll use the barcode number on the back of your NSU ID along with your last name to log in to databases from off campus. Concerned about research from off campus? Test your access and let us know if something isn't working.


Do not lend your student ID to anyone unless you plan to be responsible for overdue or lost items. Pretend it's a credit card - you are liable for all transactions made using your ID.

If an item is damaged or lost, you are responsible for repair or replacement costs. And finally, you are responsible for returning your books on time. We send out courtesy notices for past due items via campus email, and fines accumulate.


If you fail to pay fines, your library privileges will be lost, a hold will be placed on your University records and/or a collection agency will be contacted. If a book is returned after a bill is paid, the cost of the book will be refunded, but the fines will not. If the book has already been reordered, the book cost will not be refunded.



Occasionally, a professor may assign items he/she has on reserve at the library. Professors have the opportunity to make information available to you through this service. The items may be books, worksheets, old tests, or other materials the instructor owns, or the library's items the professor wants to make sure the students will have easy access to. Reserves are located at the circulation desk. Don't forget - you'll need your student ID to use them! See the Reserves tab on the Policies page for additional information.


Printing, Copying & Scanning

Students may print to the circulation desk's black and white printer or the color printers and pay cash, or may print to either of the b&w printers located on the 1st and 2nd floors using money on their print accounts.


Copyright Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using the library's equipment is liable for any infringement.


A photocopier is located near the circulation desk.


B&W prints are $.05 each - Color prints are $.25/side. Copies are $.10 each.


Coins, including $1 coins, are accepted.


A flatbed scanner is located on the first floor.


Wireless Internet Access is available throughout the library. Students with laptops and a Pharos account may use the wireless network to print. For:


Mac users: Follow these instructions.


See more information on wireless access