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Staff Resources: Chester Fritz Library

A summary of resources available to staff at the Chester Fritz Library.

Libby Online Library

Libby (OverDrive) North Dakota Academic Consortium

Libby is an exciting resource that puts over 5,000 books and over 1,000 audiobooks in the palm of your hand! Libby is a library app that you can download on your phone, kindle, or use on the web! Read more about Libby in these blog posts: Sign Up For Libby Today and Cozy Up With A Good Book

This is supported by the ND State Library.

Starting Libby for the first time

  1. Download the "Libby, by OverDrive" app
  2. Click "yes" when it asks if you have a library card
  3. Click "Search for a Library"
  4. Search for North Dakota Academic Consortium and choose this one
  5. Click the button "sign in with my card" then choose UND. (Then it will prompt you to use your UND username and password)
  6. Explore! Search for, and check out books.

You can have 3 loans and 3 holds at a time.

Already a Libby User

If you already have a Libby account from another library, you can add more library cards to your Libby account and grow the diversity and number of books you are available to check out!

  1. While in Libby, click the button on the bottom of the page that is 3 horizontal lines.
  2. Click the "Add Library" button
  3. Search North Dakota Academic Consortium then select the UND branch
  4. Sign in with your UND username and password

Grand Forks Public Library Libby Collection

  • There are more titles on Libby through the Grand Forks Public; easily increase your access to what you can check out
  • Grand Forks Public Library cards are free and easy to get as a UND student! You can even use your dorm as your GF address.
  • To link your GF public library card to your Libby app, Search North Dakota Digital Consortium and choose the Grand Forks Public Library. Then just type in the number on your library card!
  • If you don't already have a Grand Forks Public Library Card, no worries! We have more information about the Grand Forks Public Library.

Sign Up for the New York Times

Before starting:

  1. If you are affiliated with Law or SMHS you are not eligible for this offer
  2. If you already have an account, you need to cancel it. The Times cannot "convert" a paid account to a UND-sponsored one.
Steps to create account:
  1. Navigate to the New York Times Access Website
  2. Find UND - Enter "University of North Dakota" in the search bar provided and select it from the drop down list. 
  3. Select Your Location
    1. If you are currently on campus, select the link indicating "Click Here" if you are on campus, skip step four
    2. If you are NOT currently on campus, select the "Go" button 
  4.  Enter your UND Login Credentials when prompted
  5.  Create Your Account - Use your school email to create an account and select a password 
  6.  Redeem Your Pass:
Students Faculty and Staff
Select "Student" radio button Select "Faculty/Staff" radio button
Enter your anticipated graduation year
(Registration lasts through that year)
Select the "Sign Up" button
Enter an alternate email address, if desired Registration lasts for four years (renewable)
Select the "Sign Up" button  


Academic Video Online (AVON)

The Chester Fritz Library subscribes to Academic Video Online (AVON), which offers unlimited access and public performance rights for more than 70,000 streaming videos. These include:

More information about the AVON collection is available on the AVON webpage.

Select a channel or collection, search, or click on the filter icon to find a video of interest:

Screen shot of AVON filter channels option

More information about the AVON platform searching can be found in the Proquest Academic Video Online LibGuide.

More information about making clips and other technical troubleshooting can be found in the Proquest Alexander Street Video LibGuide.

Library created tip sheets linked below:

Shopping Smart

Do You Read Product Reviews On Websites?

A good cross-check to these types of reviews are ratings from the impartial Consumer Reports organization. In addition to helpful articles, their labs test all types of products and provide ratings. This magazine is published monthly, with a separate yearly buying guide. Click on the links below to access the Consumer Reports titles and learn how to use this valuable resource that is only available by subscription.  Access is provided by the State Library of North Dakota.

Once You Click on the Online Access Link You Have Two Options

(hint: for easier navigation, maximize your window)

To Browse By Issue Date and See Contents of the Online Magazine:
  • click on the + preceding the year
  • results display in page number order
  • click the icon for PDF Full Text to read the article as it appears in the print version
  • print or email the items 
To Search a Specific Item, Product, or Brand:
  • click Search within this publication on top left 
  • a new screen opens with 3 search boxes
  • keep Consumer Reports on the top line
  • click into the  2nd line and type the item or brand
  • if no results, try other words that mean the same thing (footwear or sneakers or shoes)
  • click the icon for PDF Full Text to read the article as it appears in the print version
  • print or email the items 

search within the publication screenshot







3 search boxes screen shot with consumer reports on top line and coffeemakers on second line

Using a Library Database

From a Library Database
  1. Article Search in a specific database
  2. Click on the links to get to the article location
  3. Look for the word/icon PDF or Full Text
Getting to Library Databases:
Quick Links Shortcut
  • Once you know the name of the database, use the library home page Quick Links to access it
  • In the upper right hand corner of the homepage click on the words Quick Links:

screenshot of Quick Links in white text on black banner