NMSU Library Online Services

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NMSU Library has prepared a list of services and resources available to assist you in your online research and learning endeavors.

Databases and Research Guides


Database access from off-campus
NMSU Library provides over 200 databases with online access to full-text journals e-articles, e-books and online reference materials.

To access our databases from off-campus you will need to install and connect to the NMSU VPN service using the following steps:

    • Download and install the NMSU VPN ServiceUnder the “Group” dropdown box, select “NMSU-z-Lib Database Accessimage of group select option listed

Once the VPN is connected and running on your device you can access any of the databases we have provided in our A-Z Databases List or through the NMSU Library Catalog (Primo)

Research Guides

Our research guides provide information about key resources to assist in your research.

Talk with a Librarian


Ask Us! Online Chat
  • Ask Us!   Monday – Thursday, 10:00am-7:00pm
    Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
    Sunday 1:00pm-7:00pm
Consultation with a Librarian
Librarians are available for consultations by email or online chat.

Online Library Instruction


Faculty Instruction Options
  • Synchronous: Librarian and Faculty member coordinate on an appropriate time, and an appropriate place for the Librarian to post related materials. Delivered via Adobe Connect or Zoom, whichever your students feel most comfortable with. Session is recorded for students unable to make the time slot. Transcript is provided along with recording while waiting until video can be captioned.
  • Asynchronous: Librarian and Faculty member agree on appropriate place for the Librarian to post related materials. Recorded with Librarian’s preferred method into a video file that is accessible. Transcript provided while video is waiting to be captioned. Librarian available to answer student questions either through online office hours set up ahead of time or through a Discussion board in the Canvas course, as is agreed upon by Librarian and faculty member.
  • For more information: Visit the Library Instruction Guide.
Request an Instruction Session
Because library instruction sessions require planning and preparation, you should arrange library instruction sessions as far in advance as possible. Have a back-up date in mind in case your first choice of date is not available. You should be present at the scheduled session to help answer students’ questions and reinforce the importance of learning to use the library.

Library Instruction Request Form

Interlibrary Loan


Request an Article Electronically
Physical borrowing is suspended at this time. We encourage everyone to hold on to those items until the Library reopens. All loan due dates have been extended to the end of the semester. Fines will not accrue at this time.

First time users are required to create an account with their my.nmsu.edu username and password.
Non-NMSU users should contact IDS staff for details on service options.
Users will be notified of the status of their requests and will be provided additional instructions by e-mail.
Turnaround time varies based on format type, location of the item, and peak periods in the academic year.
Costs and copyright restrictions may be associated with some requests.

Digital Collections


Digital Collections Information
NMSU Library hosts 14 digital collections with over 36,000 items that provide online access to fragile original materials that document the history of the institution, community and the region. The collections include unique historical materials related to the operations, functions, and daily life of the NMSU campus, along with a range of agricultural publications, as well as papers of astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, and the Body of Knowledge for Commercial Spaceport Operations.

Archives and Special Collections


Archives & Special Collections has many resources available for remote access
Researchers can access finding aids to the department’s extensive manuscript materials, search 50,000+ digitized photographs from the collections, discover university history, encounter descriptive guides to the department’s massive microfilm collections of Durango, Mexico archives, and much more from the content of the following collections.

For information and highlights about the dynamic and diverse content found in our collections visit our blog “The Open Stacks

All inquiries and requests will receive a prompt reply. We will offer the best service we are able, without having our physical resources at hand.

Additional Resources


The National Emergency Library
The National Emergency Library, from the Internet Archive. Will open access to all learners to over 1.4 million books until June 30, 2020 or depending when the US National Emergency is determined to be over.

Audible Collection of Stories
Audible is offering, as a free resource during this National Emergency, literary classics and children’s stories in online streaming audio format.