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.

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.

 

Arrowhead Library System

The 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 Library

East 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.

Kitchigami Regional Library System

The Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) is a consolidated regional public library system in north central Minnesota. It has nine branch public libraries located in five counties: Beltrami, Cass, Crow, Wing, Hubbard, and Wadena. KRLS was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is a consolidated regional public library system in northwestern Minnesota. It has 13 branch public libraries and nine Library Link sites located in seven counties: Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, and Wilkin. LARL was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.

Metropolitan Library Service Agency

Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) is a federated regional public library system in the Twin Cities Metro Area. MELSA has seven county member libraries: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington; and one city member library: St. Paul. MELSA was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.

Northwest Regional Library

Northwest Regional Library (NWRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in upper northwest Minnesota. It has seven branch public libraries located in five counties: Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau. NWRL was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.

Pioneerland Library System

The Pioneerland Library System (PLS) is a consolidated regional public library system in west central Minnesota. It has 32 branch libraries located in nine counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

Plum Creek Library System

The Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in southwestern Minnesota. It has 25 member public libraries located in nine counties: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock.

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in southeastern Minnesota. SELCO has 35 member public libraries located in 11 counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdS) is a federated regional public library system providing central services located in south central Minnesota. Traverse des Sioux serves 40 member public libraries in nine counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan. TdS was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.

Viking Library System

The Viking Library System (VLS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in central western Minnesota. It has 11 member public libraries located in six counties: Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse. VLS was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.