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COVID-19 update: Reference librarians are available remotely and ready to assist you in transitioning to online teaching and learning. We look forward to helping you with your research questions, big or small!

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Chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using our online chat service.


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For immediate answers please call us, or use chat reference.

Text Message

For quick library questions, text a librarian at 1-507-203-1697.

This service is available during our reference hours only and standard message rates apply.

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Schedule an individual consultation with a librarian for in-depth research assistance.

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For research and citation help, call Reference Services: 507-389-5958

For general library questions, call the Circulation Desk: 507-389-5931

Remote Reference Service Hours

Minnesota State Mankato librarians provide chat, phone, and email service during the following hours.  After these hours, non-MSU librarians will answer chat questions.

*Reference chat is answered by librarians 24 hours, 7 days a week, via our cooperative chat service. The hours on this page list when the service is monitored by MSU librarians.

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