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(651) 641-8812 (Reference)

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Chat Facts

The Library's chat reference service is part of the AskMN Cooperative, which provides chat service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can expect to have your question answered by a CSP Librarian during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday: 12:00 - 5:00 PM

Sunday: 4:00 - 8:00 PM

There will occasionally be times during these hours when no CSP Librarian will be free to pick up your chat session. In these cases, and during hours outside of the above timeframe, your chat request will be picked up by other librarians in the network who are on duty and have some information about our resources. If you'd prefer to deal with a CSP Librarian, send an email to or leave a message at (651) 641-8812 and the next Reference Librarian on duty will contact you, likely within 24 hours.