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MacKay Building
800 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501

1-605-773-3131
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1-800-423-6665
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About SDSL | Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions the Staff of the South Dakota State Library receives. You may also utilize the search bar at the right to further your quest on our website.

How do I borrow books and materials from the South Dakota State Library?

South Dakota State Government Employees and South Dakota libraries may borrow books and other library materials directly from the South Dakota State Library's collections. This includes requests of the State Library Staff to obtain items from other libraries via InterLibrary Loan (ILL) at no charge.

If you are not a South Dakota State Government Employee, you may still peruse our catalog using our search page. You may submit an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request through your local library to check out materials from the State Library.

How may I access the State Library's catalog?

You may use our Search page which will enable you to either search our catalog (through SDLN) or our website.

How may I get a State Library ECard?

The South Dakota State Library has two ECards available to it's patrons. The ECard has been created for South Dakota Citizens, and provides access to online resources from the comfort of home or office with the use of the Card Number. The ECardPlus has been created for South Dakota State Employees, and allows direct access to personal research assistance, research materials, specialized services, trainings, and access to online resources.

You may apply online for a South Dakota State Library ECard.

How may I search for grants in South Dakota?

The South Dakota State Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center Web Link to Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the South Dakota State Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional.

What is the Braille and Talking Book Program?

The Braille and Talking Book Program provides equal access to print materials in a format acceptable to all citizens of South Dakota who cannot read standard print.

What is the difference between SDLA, SDLN and SDSL?

SDLA is an acronym for the South Dakota Library Association, a statewide organization representing libraries, library employees, library trustees, and library supporters. Visit the website here Web Link to SDLA.

SDLN in an acronym for the South Dakota Library Network, the framework through which member libraries connect with each other to optimize shared resources and services to their communities. Visit the website here Web Link to SDLN.

SDSL is an acronym for the South Dakota State Library, located in Pierre. A state government entity, the South Dakota State Library provides leadership for innovation and excellence in libraries and services to state government.

What is the State Library's Internet Use Policy?

The Internet Use Policy is available for your reference.

Who was Mercedes MacKay?

MacKay Building, Summer 2010 Mercedes MacKay was State Librarian from 1939 to 1973. A bill was passed in the 1993 Legislature to rename the building the State Library resides in to the Mercedes MacKay Building (SL 1993, ch 162).




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