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Ask a Librarian

If you have a question, we can help!

Ask A Librarian is a research reference service offered by Briggs Library.

Assistance available at the Reference Desk

  • Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Friday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 4 until 10 p.m.

Priority is given to UMM students, faculty, staff and west central Minnesota residents. Note: During academic breaks and in the summer Briggs Library offers on-call reference assistance. During these times, patrons are encouraged to ask for a librarian at the circulation desk (589-6175) or to send a question via the web form.


Send your question or comments to us via web form.


Chat with a librarian using our Ask A Question widget located in the right column. No account necessary. Just start typing if a librarian is listed as being available.

Text a LibrarianText

Text a librarian at the reference desk: 320-589-5096

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Phone Phone

The reference desk phone number is 320-589-6176.

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Meet one-on-one with a subject specialist librarian for help with your research. Make a research consultation appointment »

AskMN AskMN Reference

Do you have research questions that can't wait, but Briggs Library reference librarians are not available? Try AskMN. It’s a cooperative online service for research help that’s available to all Minnesota residents and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have questions about Briggs Library reference services, please contact the reference coordinator.