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The collections in Mikkelsen Library are in an open-stack format allowing patrons direct access to library materials. The book collection contains over 200,000 volumes arranged by the Library of Congress Classification system. Books with call numbers A-C are on the lower level, call numbers D & E on the main level and call numbers F-Z are on the upper level. Items designated as oversized are shelved together on the upper level. (Floor Plan)

Center for Western Studies

The Center for Western Studies, collects and preserves historical materials relating to South Dakota and the Northern Plains. The Center also houses the College Archives. Catalog records for books, manuscripts, and papers in the Center's collections are included in the Library Catalog.  For more information, visit the Center's Archives and Exhibits page.

Faculty & Alumni Display

Located adjacent to the reference area, the Faculty/Alumni display features recent publications of Augustana faculty and alumni.

Government Documents

Mikkelsen Library is a selective depository for the U.S. Government Printing Office. The library houses over 160,000 documents, a selection of approximately 25% of the information published by the United States government. Some of these publications are shelved in the regular book collection. The majority, however, are arranged by Superintendent of Documents classification number and shelved after the reference collection on the main floor.


The library subscribes to more than 300 journals and periodicals in print format. A selection of browsing periodicals are placed on display shelves located on the main floor. The remainder of the collection is shelved on the lower level in compact shelving. If you require assistance retrieving periodicals, please contact a staff member.

Access to electronic journals increases the available journals to well over 20,000. There are a variety of indexes/databases to help researchers identify specific articles within periodicals. To determine if the library has print or electronic access to a particular journal/magazine/newspaper, search our Journal Finder. The most accurate, current information about holdings for specific print titles is available by searching the Library Catalog.

Juvenile Books & Curriculum Collection

Elementary and secondary textbooks are kept in the Curriculum Center on the lower level. A circulating collection of graphics and activities useful for teaching units is available in the Curriculum Center as well as a picture file. The Curriculum Center on the lower level also houses a collection of Juvenile literature including all Caldecott and Newbery award-winning books.


The media collection includes audio CDs, audio and video cassettes, DVDs, records, CD-ROMs, kits, computer software, models and games. These items are included in the Library Catalog and are housed adjacent to Media Services in the lower level of the library.

Myklebust Room

The library's rare book collection is housed in the Myklebust Room on the lower level. It was established with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Helmer Myklebust. The material in the Myklebust room is identified in the Library Catalog as the Special Collection.


The library subscribes to 6 newspapers, including the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls),  Minneapolis Star-Tribune, New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Issues are shelved in the north reading room on the main level. Many of these newspapers also have electronic versions.

Norwegian Collection

This collection consists of books on subjects relating to Scandinavia, many of which are in Norwegian. It was begun with a gift from Maurice P. Dunlap, Consul to Norway from 1936 to 1941. Located on the lower level, materials in the Norwegian Collection do not circulate.

Ole's Oasis

A project of the Library Associates and a special "Parent's Fund", Ole's Oasis is a collection of bestsellers and current recreational reading.

Reference Collection

The Reference Area, located on the main floor of the library, includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, indexes, almanacs, biographical and statistical sources, maps and atlases. The library also provides access to a number of electronic reference materials.


Faculty members often put certain materials on reserve for use by their classes. These materials may or may not leave the library, depending on the arrangements made by individual instructors. All reserve materials are kept at the circulation desk. Materials with overnight check-outs may be checked out one hour before the library closes and must be returned one hour after the library opens the following day. 

Faculty members also have the option of offering electronic reserves that are password protected. Contact Lisa Brunick for more information.

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