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Our Mission

The Capella University Library is committed to providing innovative learning experiences and high quality information resources that support scholarly research, program completion, and lifelong learning.

Resources Available

We provide a comprehensive collection of online scholarly and professional resources, giving you access to millions of peer-reviewed articles, books, dissertations, citations, abstracts, and technical reports.

The digital collections of the Capella library include:

  • 51 databases
  • 53,983 full text journals
  • 156,948 books
  • 1.7 million full-text dissertations
  • 80 million company records

Services Available


Librarians can help you get started with your research by recommending resources, developing search strategies, and consulting with you on library-related questions. Help is available through email, chat, or telephone.

Interlibrary Loan

Access to materials outside of the Capella Library collection is provided through our Interlibrary Loan service. You may request articles, books, and individual chapters held by other universities nationwide. Articles and book chapters are sent via email 1-3 days after the request is placed. Electronic books are generally accessible via email in 3-5 days.  Print books are shipped to your home in 7-10 days.

Information Literacy at Capella

Be your own research analyst

In today’s knowledge age, it’s not enough to skim the surface of a search engine.  Employers want information savvy professionals who can nimbly research, analyze information, and monitor trends of the field.  Technical knowledge has a short shelf life, so informational research skills are vital for today’s competitive labor force.

Information literacy – the ability to identify, locate, evaluate and use information effectively -- is a national standard for higher education and a university-wide learning outcome at Capella.  It is also a Capella University-Wide Curriculum Outcome.

Library Guides

The Capella Library has developed hundreds of instructional guides to help you achieve information literacy learning outcomes. Guides tend to fall into three main categories: program-level research guides, assignment-specific guides, and general research skills.  Thousands of library instruction links are offered within courses.

First Course Experience

The development of effective research skills begins in first course and during this time you will be asked to complete in-depth research assignments using the library.  The library’s initial skills website provides customized navigation of the modules based on a knowledge and confidence assessment.  Self assessments offer a personalized navigation path, so learners can address key research skill gaps. 

In-person Residencies

The literature review is an integral part of dissertation preparation which is why our residency course room offers literature skill development lessons. Librarians also travel to residencies to offer 1:1 consultations based on faculty referrals. They consult on methodology research, reviewing the literature, topic exploration, tests/survey research, and more.