Library Services

Library instruction is available to both students and faculty. The goal is to help students become efficient and effective researchers by introducing them to a variety of library and information resources and to help them think critically as they gather these resources.


If faculty wish to have their students receive help on the skills and tools available for gathering information from such sources as subscription databases, library tools, credible web sources, etc., please contact the Librarian. A visit to the classroom with a brief presentation can be made and/or a computer presentation in one of the labs can be arranged (hands-on session). All sessions will be tailored to the students' needs and to specific assignments.

Both libraries have a number of computers available for student use as well as printer/copiers. These computer labs are staffed with work study as well as IT support personnel and are open the same hours as the library. There is wireless connectivity throughout the library and the campus. All computers have DVDRW drives, USB ports, headphone jacks, and 50 MB of available network space for saving files.

Login Procedure:

  • StarID
  • Community members, library guests and visitors can use the library guest login credentials available at the Circulation Desk.

Community Patron Computer Use:

  • Community members must provide proof of residence (driver's license, utility bill with a name/address) to the attendant at the circulation desk.
  • Circulation desk attendant will log patron on to a designated station.
  • Computer use is limited to one hour per day (access is automatically terminated after that time) provided a computer is available. This is at the discretion of library staff.
  • No login will occur after 8 p.m. (M - Th) and 3 p.m. (F).
  • No printing or photocopying is allowed.

Accessing the Library's databases from home is simple.

Who can access the article and research databases from off campus?

Off campus access to the Library's databases is available only to currently enrolled Ridgewater students, faculty and staff.

What you need

 You will need your StarID and password for off campus access. 

How to access the article and research databases

Once you select a resource from the library website you will be prompted to enter your StarID and password to login to the library proxy server.  

Some materials from these databases are not available full text online and will have to be ordered through the interlibrary loan process. For this you will need a library card which can be obtained from the Student Services area.  

If you are an online student ONLY click here​ for the application form to obtain a card via mail. On the back of the ID card is a 14-digit number which is your barcode or library card number. Your password is your last name. 

Problems logging in? 

Please call the Library at 320-222-7537 or email Ask The Librarian.

Library General Information

Hutchinson Campus

Willmar Campus

All library electronic resources available to Ridgewater students can be accessed through the library website. Off-campus access is with your Star ID and password. If you wish to order materials that are not fulltext online(interlibrary loan requests), you will need a library card which is on the back of your student ID card. This is available from the Student Activities Office.

If you are an online student ONLY, click here​ to obtain a student ID.

Visit our library website often as you take your journey through college. There​ are invaluable tools for successfully achieving your higher education goals.

You can now access library databases on your iPhone or iPad!

EBSCO collection of databases to search

Gale: download free app from iTunes (AccessMyLibrary app)

WorldCat (search libraries worldwide)


  • Default library catalog. Searches books, ebooks, videos, reserve material, streaming videos found in college library. Also searches entire MnPALS consortium.

ProQuest Subject Area Search

Through partnerships with content holders, ProQuest preserves rich, vast and varied information – whether historical archives or today's scientific breakthroughs – and packages it with digital technologies that enhance its discovery, sharing and management.