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What is Ebooks Minnesota?

Ebooks Minnesota is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction.

Is there a charge to use Ebooks Minnesota?

Ebooks Minnesota is a two-year pilot project brought to you by Minitex and made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There is no additional charge to libraries or patrons in Minnesota who use the collection.

How can my patrons access Ebooks Minnesota?

Minitex will manage access to Ebooks MN using the familiar IP-range method we use for the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). No digital rights management (DRM) is required. You can share Ebooks Minnesota with your patrons in three ways:

  1. Post a link to the collection on your website and share the link in promotional materials. For more specific information about linking to the collection, please review our User Guide.
  2. MARC records are available. Please fill out our MARC records survey and we'll follow up with the access information that best suits your needs.
  3. For those libraries with SirsiDynix Enterprise, contact your SirsiDynix rep for the eResource Central API to integrate the collection with your discovery layer. Additional API’s may be available over time.

If you are having problems with IP-range access, check out the possible solutions on our access instructions page.

What titles are available in Ebooks Minnesota?

Where can I find promotional materials for my library?

Order posters and bookmarks, download logos, and more on our promotional materials page.

Are MARC records of the ebooks available for download?

Yes, Minitex will provide your library with MARC records for the Ebooks Minnesota collection. Please fill out our MARC records survey and we'll follow up with the access information that best suits your needs.

Is there an app for Ebooks Minnesota?

Yes! You can download free apps for your Apple and Android devices.

Which publishers are a part of Ebooks Minnesota?

* indicates a Minnesota-owned company

Additional publishers will be added over time.

Who do I contact for help and more information?

Email ebooksmn@umn.edu or use the Feedback Form if you would like more detailed information. We’ll get back to you right away.

Are there instructions on on how to use and link to Ebooks Minnesota?

Yes. Please refer to our User Guide.

How many ebooks can patrons check out at one time?

There is no limit to the number of titles a patron can check out at one time.

How long can patrons keep the ebooks they check out?

We have permanent access to these titles, and patrons can keep titles as long as they wish. The interface does not require readers to fully download titles.

I am a self-published author. Can I add my book to Ebooks Minnesota?

Ebooks Minnesota is designed as a collection built from a large title sets acquired from Minnesota publishers. The Minnesota library community wants to support publishing within the state so they have created the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project to help authors get their work published, and the public library community now offers MN Writes MN Reads, a system to collect and distribute ebooks created by Minnesota authors.

Where can I find usage statistics for Ebooks Minnesota?

We are able to provide a general set of statistics that show where and how frequently Ebooks Minnesota is being used throughout the state. Find your city/town in the spreadsheets below:

For questions about the terminology used in the report, consult the Google Analytics glossary.

How is Ebooks Minnesota funded?

Ebooks Minnesota is brought to you by Minitex and made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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