The University of North Dakota houses seven prestigious libraries, each adding to the academic and research depth of the University.
The Chester Fritz Library (CFL) is the University’s main library, a federal document depository library, and the largest research library in the state. It holds over 1.6 million volumes, plus thousands of online resources. In addition, the Special Collections department collects documents related to regional history and genealogical resources, including a large collection of Norwegian bygdebøker (place histories). Three branch libraries in energy and environmental research, geology and music are associated with the CFL.
The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences provides access to health sciences information for faculty, students, and staff of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. It provides these services by coordinating health information services on the main campus and the other three clinical campuses in Fargo, Minot and Bismarck. As a designated Outreach Library for the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the library also provides health information access training and services throughout the state.
Named after Olaf H. Thormodsgard, former Dean of the UND School of Law, the Thormodsgard law library offers more than 321,000 volumes, a growing audio-visual collection, and a variety of legal databases. The collection reflects the Core Collection as set forth by the American Bar Association and includes such resources as case reporters, statutes, constitutions, legislative process materials, administrative materials, restatements, treatises, periodicals, and selected non-legal resources.
The Gordon Erickson Music Library is the most extensive music library in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, with over 8,000 LP records, 6,600 CDs, and 800 tapes, representing music of all styles and periods. The library also has a thousands of pieces of sheet music, including a wide selection of orchestral and operatic scores. A generous endowment from the estate of the late Edna Ullyot of Langdon has provided for the continued development and expansion of the score and CD recording holdings of the Music Library.
The Energy and Environment Research Center houses a library in support of the laboratories and researchers at the facility. Its collection is focused on the Center’s core research areas, such as energy and water sustainability, hydrogen technologies, alternative fuels, wind energy, biomass, water management, flood prevention, global climate change, waste utilization, energy-efficient technologies, and contaminant cleanup.
The F. D. Holland Geology Library is the largest geoscience library in the upper Midwest with more than 50,000 volumes, 500 journal titles, 100,000 maps, 18,000 microfiche, and 8,000 air photos. Subjects represented in the collection include geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, paleontology, geological engineering, mining, petroleum geology,and North Dakota geology. The library is also a depository for U.S. Government documents and specializes in U.S. Geological Survey publications.
Operated by the North Dakota Geological Survey, this climate controlled facility consists of 2,000 square feet of office and laboratory space and 18,000 square feet of core storage. It currently houses approximately 70 miles of cores and 34,000 boxes of drill cuttings. The cores represent about 75% of the cores cut in the North Dakota portion of the Williston Basin and about 95% of the samples collected. The facility also houses an extensive collection of water-well samples and cores.