Minnesota Library Systems

Library Systems

Minnesota's library systems are part of the infrastructure of Minnesota libraries.

The 19 library systems (7 multicounty multitype systems & 12 regional public library systems) receive funding from the Minnesota state legislature in the Minnesota Department of Education budget. Systems receive this appropriation biennially, disbursed on a formula allocation.

Minnesota Public and Multitype Libraries are in Minnesota Statutes in Chapter 134. Public and Multitype Libraries. Public library and library system organization, governance, agreements, and more are described in this chapter.

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Seven multicounty multitype library systems improve library services by facilitating cooperation among academic libraries, public libraries, school library media centers, and special libraries. Multicounty multitype library systems may develop services including, but not limited to, resource sharing, joint programs, staff development, staff development, research and development, publicity and community relations. Multicounty multitype library systems also partner on statewide projects. (Source: MDE)

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. (Source: MDE)