Dakota County Technical College Library

Stay-at-Home Fun

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Library Hours

During Stay-At-Home Order:

Library staff are available remotely at library@dctc.edu, 651-423-8366, and Zoom (email for appointments) during our regular spring semester hours. The physical library is currently closed.


Fall & Spring Semesters:

Monday - Thursday:
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
7:30 AM to 3:30 PM


Summer Sessions:

Monday - Thursday:
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Stay-at-Home Fun

Here are some fun resources that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home, courtesy of the DCTC Library. We hope to brighten your days and engage your mind during this pandemic... and afterwards!

Watch Movies

If you've already seen everything on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, take a look at our Swank Digital Campus collection. These 20+ movies are used in our Composition I and Film Studies courses, but all students are welcome to watch them. Besides, it's impossible to watch Singin' in the Rain too many times.

Watch Documentaries

If you like documentaries, check out our Films On Demand collection. You'll find HBO’s award-winning series, Chernobyl, Ken Burns documentaries on country music and the Vietnam War, and more.

Read Magazines

We still subscribe to a few magazines in print, which we're happy to mail to you during the stay-at-home order. These include Better Homes & Gardens, Consumer Reports, Discover, Fast Company, Health, Minnesota History, Motor Trend, National Geographic, People, Wired, and more. Let us know if you’d like to know how to read articles from these magazines online.



Learn a Language

Have you always wanted to learn another language? Mango Languages makes this fun and easy, with over 70 language courses to choose from. You'll find Spanish, Japanese, and French, of course, but also fun ones like Shakespearean English, Russian slang, and Pirate (yes, Pirate).

You can use Mango as a guest or create a free personal account to help keep track of your progress. Run each course at your own pace, reading and listening to words and phrases as many times as you like. If you download the Mango app or have a microphone on your computer, you can even compare your own pronunciation with that of a native speaker.

Read Ebooks

Ebooks Minnesota is a free collection of ebooks for all Minnesotans, including fiction for all ages, cookbooks, graphic novels, biographies, and nonfiction on all kinds of subjects. Read online or use the app and download to your device.

Listen to Audiobooks

Our audiobook collection is fairly new and around 30 titles. During the stay-at-home order, we're happy to mail any of these items to you.

Your public library will have even more audiobook options, which you only need a library card to download. Here are some places to get started:

Play Games

Bet you didn't know the Library has games and puzzles. We're happy to mail any of these to you during the stay-at-home order.

Do a Little Research

I know, I know, this is supposed to be about fun stuff to do. But don't pretend you're not checking the news several times a day or Googling symptoms every time somebody coughs. Why not check out our Coronavirus Subject Guide for reliable news, research resources, and tips for coping with life in the pandemic?

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