Regional Library Systems
Regional Public Library Systems are multicounty service agencies organized under the provision of Minnesota Statutes, sections 134, 317 or 471.59. These systems are formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties. Regions and their branch or member public libraries provide free access to library services for all residents of the region without discrimination.
Through cooperation, shared services, and reciprocal agreements, library users have access to a wide range of public library services and resources within the region and statewide. Through system collaboration, communities develop libraries that capitalize on economies of scale providing greater effectiveness, improved quality and access to more resources. The directors of the systems come together regularly as the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) to discuss commonalities among systems, identify potential collaborations, and work toward statewide goals.
The twelve regional public library systems have been designated by the Minnesota Department of Education as the agencies charged with strengthening, improving and promoting public library services in their participating areas and are eligible for state funding, including Regional Library Basic System Support, Arts and Cultural Heritage grants, and Regional Library Telecommunications Aid.
Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant Guidelines for Regional Library Systems--2020 - 8/28/19
Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators Annual Calendar - 8/27/19
Arrowhead Library SystemThe Arrowhead Library System (ALS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in northeastern Minnesota. It has 29 member public libraries located in seven counties: Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis. ALS was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.
East Central Regional LibraryEast Central Regional Library (ECRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in east central Minnesota. It has 14 branch libraries located in six counties: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine. ECRL was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.
Great River Regional Library
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in central Minnesota. It has 32 branch public libraries located in six counties: Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright. GRRL was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.