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What to Bring to Institute?

Here are some packing suggestions that will help you have a comfortable week:

  • Bedding - Sheets, pillows, blanket(s) and or comforter, mattress pad for single bed is good idea
  • Small rug. Floors are cold in the morning.
  • Clothes - could get cool in evening ; hangers; comfortable shoes; one nice outfit (Grad Picture) bathrobe, light jacket
  • Bathing - Washcloths, towels, bathmat or extra towel for floor, hand held mirror for bedroom
  • Fan ( Could be hot during that week)
  • Personal hygiene - soap, shampoo, deodorant, makeup, toothbrush, paste, curling iron, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, etc.
  • Alarm clock or an alarm on your phone
  • Cell phone & charger, other electronic essentials
  • Extra batteries for devices
  • Any medication prescriptions/ Over the counter – Tylenol, etc.
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Laptop - You need to be able to use the web for different assignments. Part of the admin fee goes for the technology on campus (including password for wifi).
  • For Class - Paper, notebook, pens, pencils, iPad or tablet for notes.


Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. Some of the rooms we are assigned to can be hot one day and cold the next. Remember the mornings might be cool and rainy. Shoes are required by state health code.

The last day we have individual and group photos taken so you may want to bring one nice outfit for that day.


  • $10 cash: to be paid at Check-in (Sunday night) to Junior class. Used for Graduation event on Thursday evening (food/beverages).
  • Checks from your library/ city for Institute
  • Personal money or checkbook for miscellaneous

White Elephant Gift

The White Elephant exchange takes place on Thursday evening during our graduation party. This is lots of fun for everybody. Go through your closets, thrift stores or even your library. Please do not spend any more than $10 if you must go shopping.

Most of all, bring your:

  • Sense of humor
  • Enthusiasm
  • Curiosity
  • Willingness to try something new and learn from one another

Check-In on Sunday Night

Check-in is from 4-6 p.m. at Honors Hall (#84 on map below). A boxed meal will be hosted this year by South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) at 6 p.m. After the meal, students will take a pre-test, followed by free time/study time.

Parking passes will be handed out at Check-in.

Even if you are not staying in the dorms you have to come and check in with us at Honors hall to have dinner and take the pre-test.

SDSU Campus Map

sdsu campus map from North Campus Drive, Jackrabbit Avenue to 8th Street, Brookings South Dakota


Classes will be held in the Hilton M. Briggs Library . We will be located on the main floor of the library in the tech classroom in the back, and it is handicap accessible.

Daily: Monday - Thursday 8am- 5pm with daily breaks.

  • Thursday Evening: Graduation Event, followed with dinner
  • Friday Morning: 8am - 11am class, Final, and class photos

Will there be homework?

Yes, there will be homework but nothing you cannot handle. You may have some homework to finish after you get home from Institute (teachers will let you know). Homework will need to be completed for a grade. Kathleen will update you regarding deadlines.

What happens if I miss class?

Because Institute is only one week you cannot miss any more than two hours of class. Bring a good alarm clock so you will not be late for class. If an emergency arises talk to Kathleen and explain what is going on.

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If you have any questions contact Kathleen Slocum at the South Dakota State Library. You can email her (Email Link ) or 605-773-8438 or 1-800-423-6665.

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