Libraries

Minnesota’s public libraries are community hubs where people of any age can access tools vital to full participation in contemporary life. Children, teens, and adults visit libraries to borrow or download books, use a computer, attend a class or program, meet with colleagues, study with friends, or just relax in a comfortable and welcoming environment. They offer friendly expertise and free and open access to entertainment, education opportunities, and practical information people need about literacy, health, business, technology, job-seeking, and much more.

Minnesotans support public libraries through state income and local property taxes. Cooperative agreements among libraries provide cost-effective access from home, within nearby communities, and across the state to the collections of Minnesota’s school, public, academic, and special libraries. The state provides access to thousands of e-books and 48 information databases that benefit preschoolers through college students and lifelong learners.

These resources are available to all Minnesotans through libraries:

Ebooks Minnesota – Immediate access to quality books for all ages from many of Minnesota’s independent publishers such as ABDO, Lerner Publishing Group, Cherry Lake Publishing, University of Minnesota Press, Milkweed Press, and Coffeehouse Press. There is no limit to the number of titles that can be checked out at any time and readers can keep titles as long as they wish. Access the collection online or download an app for your device via the App Store, Google Play, or Kindle Fire HD.

Electronic Library for Minnesota – ELM is an online resource that gives Minnesota residents access to reputable and respected sources of information. Here, you’ll find magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, ebooks, and other resources—all available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from school, home, work, or at your library. Please note, you may need a school or public library card to use ELM.

MnLINK – A statewide virtual library that electronically links you to books, music and other materials that are available from Minnesota's libraries. For harder-to-find materials, use MnLINK to search many libraries and databases at once. Ask at your local library for more information about using MnLINK.

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State Library Services – Works with academic, school, and public libraries across Minnesota, supporting student achievement and promote lifelong learning. Libraries today provide access to a rapidly changing variety of print and electronic resources. State Library Services also administers the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library program.

Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library – Provides direct library service to Minnesota residents with visual, physical and reading disabilities who meet federal eligibility requirements.

The Minnesota Resource Center Libraries function as statewide resources for all children and youth who are blind/visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing, their parents and educational service providers. The Resource Centers are located on the campus of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. Choose each Center's page to learn more about the wealth of services they provide to Minnesota students.