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State Library Collections

Physical Collection

The State Library actively collects materials about North Dakota and North Dakotans, as well as those produced by North Dakotans.

The State Library also maintains a collection of fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, young adult, children, and large print books; movies; audio; and more! Use the State Library's Online Catalog (Polaris) to search the collection.

New items at the State Library

Electronic Collection

E-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines

Online Library Resources - topics include continuing education, education, genealogy, health, research, and more!

Digital Collection

The State Library has made hundreds of historical images, books, state documents, atlases, county and town histories, diaries, cookbooks, and other items relating to North Dakota available online. The digital collections of the State Library are publicly accessible and searchable in two locations: Digital Horizons and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Select link to learn more or to start browsing the Digital Collection.

Government Documents

The State Library is the principal depository of documents produced by North Dakota state government agencies. These documents comprise a wealth of historical, governmental, and current information. For more information, see the State Document Depository Program.

Through the Federal Depository Library Program, citizens have free access to United States government publications on a wide variety of topics, such as North Dakota and regional census information, agricultural statistics, and health and consumer information. The FDLP also provides access to a vast amount of federal government information on the web.


To browse and reserve the State Library's various kits, visit KitKeeper.

Book club kits - The State Library has over 215 fiction and nonfiction book club kits that are available for circulation to libraries, schools, and patrons. Each kit includes 10 copies of the book and discussion questions.

STEM and gaming kits - The State Library has many STEM kits and gaming kits. These kits are only available to libraries and schools.

Display kits - The State Library has several kits that can be used for educational or display purposes. These kits are only available to libraries and schools.


Bismarck Tribune - Microfilm: June 30, 1885-current; Electronic: 2003-current

Fargo Forum - Microfilm: November 17, 1891-current;

Grand Forks Herald - Microfilm: March 28, 1882-March 31, 1993; Electronic: 1991-2015

North Dakota County Atlases

The State Library maintains a collection of county atlases, primarily from the 1980s to the present.

These atlases are not available for loan.

North Dakota libraries and State Library patrons may contact the State Library to request photocopies from the county atlases.

Out-of-state requests for copies must be submitted as interlibrary loan requests through a local library.

Historic atlases of North Dakota counties, primarily from 1890-1929, are accessible online on Digital Horizons.

Resource Files

The Resource File consists of materials and newspaper clippings about North Dakota people, places, things, and events.

This material does not circulate.

Patrons may view files in the Reading Room.

Ready Reference

North Dakota Blue Book - A compendium of information about the state's political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental history; published biennially by the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office.

Governing North Dakota - Directory of government officials, published by the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, at the University of North Dakota.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (current edition)

Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction (most recent edition)

State Park Passes

In partnership with the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, the State Library has State Park Passes available for checkout. These passes are good for daily admittance into the state park. Any additional charges, such as camping and rentals, are not included and are the responsibility of the pass holder. State Park Passes are also available at your local public library.

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