Libraries cooperate to provide many services to Brookings, SDSU students

Rose Aristeo

Rose AristeoReporter

Resources and services to the Brookings community are provided by Hilton M. Briggs Library, which works in conjunction with the Brookings Public Library.

Both libraries offer study spaces and meeting rooms. Both libraries offer technology including copy machines, printers, computer labs with the Internet and WiFi.

“We encourage all students to come and get library cards,” said Allison Tappan, manager of the Brookings Public Library Circulation.

Both the libraries are part of the South Dakota Library Network. They work with one another by sharing resources. One example of this is if a library user is unable to find a particular resource at one library, the staff will work to find it together.

Students are able to access materials at Briggs by using their student ID card and do not need a library card. The Brookings Public Library cards are free and can be obtained by any member of Brookings County. One form of ID is necessary to be issued a card, as well as proof of residency.

“We often get the comment that this is a nice library with friendly, knowledgeable staff,” said Elizabeth Fox, digital information and service librarian at Briggs Library.

Sophomore biology and pre-chiropractic major, Isaiah Crevieh makes an effort to go to Briggs Library at least twice a week.

He said the online assistance provided by the library’s website is extremely helpful and he often uses its computers and printers.

“Customer service is really good,” said Crevieh. “There is always someone available to help.”

Both libraries offer staff to help with questions.

Nancy Marshall, professor and distance information services librarian and Briggs, said the staff tries to be helpful and welcoming to students.

“We hope that students recognize that we are available to them,” Marshall said.

Both libraries offer coffee shops, stocked with snacks as well as beverages for sale. Food for Thought on the main level of Briggs is a recent addition added last year; the Public Library houses Mango Tree Coffee, located on the second level.

The Public Library houses many extra programs including the summer reading programs, intended for all ages, book clubs and musical performances.

The Brookings Public Library offers a wider range of fiction than Briggs but both offer nonfiction and periodicals.

Both libraries highly encourage people to stop by and utilize the services offered.

“(The students) provide the interesting part of our job,” Fox said.

Briggs Library hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:45-12:00 a.m.

Saturday: 1-9 p.m

Sunday: 1-12 p.m.

Brookings Public Library hours

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students can also access them

through their websites: and

#1.1641268:3649592083.jpg: Briggs Library on campus and the Brookings Public Library.:A variety of tools lie at student?s disposal when one considers the easy access students have to both the Briggs Library on campus and the Brookings Public Library. :Collegian Photo by Aaron Stoneberger