Valerie Merrick Memorial Library

Valerie Merrick Memorial Library Entrance

The Valerie Merrick Library serves as an academic/public tribal library providing a reference and research center for students, faculty, and residents of Spirit Lake Nation and the surrounding communities. The Library offers a variety of novels, magazines, journals, and state and local newspaper subscriptions. The library subscribes to the online resources such as: National Library of Medicine, Native Americans to Health Information, and ODIN. Interlibrary loan provides access to a vast array of materials not available internally. The library’s collection of Native American authors, topics, and culture, are of special note. The National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health assists in obtaining health related acquisitions. Children’s books and videos are also available for the younger ages. Information on the library inventory is available to the community via internet. Library programming includes a yearly summer reading camp for children, ages 5-12.The library offers public access to computer lab, fax and copying services, and special events such as "Family Night" and "Dakota Culture Night". Students should contact the library staff for information on additional services at (701) 766-1353.

Valerie Merrick Memorial Library Book System

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Library Services

• Computerized "Search the Library"
• Interlibrary Loan
• Extended event hours (fall and spring semesters)
• Access to online resources such as: National Library of Medicine, Native Americans to Health Information and ODIN
• 12 unit Computer Lab with internet access
• Fax Services
• Laminating Services
• Native craft demonstrations and learning opportunities
• Adult learning seminars

Library Holdings

Current library holdings include 17,942 books and 39 periodicals, 16 newspapers, 500 DVDs and CDs. The library inventory increased by 1,866 items.

Library Hours

Monday-Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Library Staff

Helen Jacobs


Helen Jacobs