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 Capstone, 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.