To apply for a library card, go to https://library.sd.gov/SDSL/libcard.aspx. A physical card is not needed to access electronic resources.
As a employee of the State of South Dakota, your State Library card will allow you direct access to the following:
Personal Research Assistance
The databases that are categorized here https://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/complete.aspx are all accessible from the PCs of SD State Government employees. In addition, most of the databases can be accessed from home WITHOUT needing a library card.
The South Dakota State Library Digital Services Program was established in 2002 to further the library's mission to “lead the State in access to resources, advance literacy, and promote lifelong learning in the information age” through the use of technology.
•supports state government objectives by providing research and information resources and services
•supports development of digital local library services
•facilitates access to digital information resources which support education and information needs
•and develops online content in the form of vetted web resources and digitization of state publications, statistical report forms, and publications.
The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Our collections are primarily of interest to researchers, genealogists, and librarians. Go to Online State Publications (Digital Collections)
Archive-IT Collection is a collaboration of the South Dakota State Archives and the South Dakota State Library. It is used to preserve the websites of South Dakota State Government departments and agencies, including state-funded academic institutions. These websites host annual reports, rules and regulations, legislative documents, and other born-digital state publications.
Search databases that describe and index articles found in many magazines, professional/scholarly journals, and South Dakota/national newspapers. Many of the databases also contain the article(s) in full-text.
Trainings are available for state employees on the services that the SD State Library provides, including the Electronic Resources, Reference Services, Interlibrary Loan, and also Grant Resources. SDSL staff can come to your monthly workgroup meeting in person or online (via Zoom, Teams, or other technology) and give a short 20-30 minute presentation highlighting State Library resources available to state agency employees. In depth trainings on specific databases are also available. Contact Brenda.Hemmelman@state.sd.us for more information.