Randolph Campus Library

Our library serves all Middle and Upper School students, faculty and staff as a learning resource, promotes a culture that values diverse literary and intellectual voices, and encourages reading for pleasure.

Explore our resources below and please contact Kate Brooks, Randolph Campus Librarian, or Vicki Janisch-Tri, Randolph Campus Library Assistant, with questions or to suggest materials for the collection.


Find a book

  • Search the SPA Online Catalog to locate a book in the SPA collection.
  • Search MNLink to search for materials at local public libraries.
  • Search WorldCat to explore books and other materials in libraries across the world.

Access a database to find an article or web resource

SPA's collection includes access to 48 scholarly databases via ELM, a service for citizens of Minnesota, as well as 22 additional databases to which the school subscribes. Click here to browse all databases according to general subject classification.

Movies and Videos

The SPA library provides access to a variety of movies and video content, both in its DVD collection as well as select streaming services.

DVDs in the library can be browsed online in our catalog by selecting "Video" from the drop down menu under "Material Type." Or come into the library and just browse. 

We subscribe to two streaming services:

Kanopy streams over 80 different subject categories and includes over 30,000 films. Access is currently limited to to our adult community and information and credentials can be accessed here.

Alexander Street Press offers a variety of video content related to both United States and World History. Passwords to use these databases off campus can be found with our general password list.

American History in Video includes newsreel footage, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel as well as award-winning documentaries.

World History in Video is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content is global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania, with coverage that captures longer-term and multiple perspectives.

Request materials

If you would like to request a book via interlibrary loan, please fill out this form.

If you would like to request an article via interlibrary loan, please fill out this form

Find a primary source

Are you wondering what a primary source is and how it's different from a secondary, or even a tertiary source? Here's a great explanation from the University of Minnesota Libraries to get you started.

Our Primary Sources Portal can help you find online primary source material organized according to discipline.

Libguides Pathfinders

View citation management tools

Check out this guide to understanding plagiarism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Writing Center.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an excellent online resource for multiple citation styles, including APA, Chicago, and MLA. This resource also offers guides to writing in specific subject areas such as writing in the sciences, writing in literature, and creative writing.

SPA subscribes to Noodle Tools, a program that offers integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. Includes MLA, Chicago, and APA styles. Users must create an account.

Zotero is a free Mozilla Firefox plug-in that provides full citation manager functionality.


Read a newspaper or magazine


SPA provides digital access to the New York Times Online. Here is a link to instructions to set up your individual account.

Additionally, we have electronic access to the following newspapers via ProQuest Newstand. While this access is not the same as a direct subscription to the publications, articles are indexed and full-text is available. You will need a username and password to access this database at home.

  • Star Tribune
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • USA Today
  • New York Times

Click here to access ProQuest Newstand.


We subscribe to many print magazines, ranging from the Economist, to Harpers, The New Yorker, Film Comment and Poetry Magazine

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