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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, both fiction and non-fiction, for readers of all ages, and features content from our state's independent publishers, as well as national and international publishers.  

Is there a charge to use Ebooks Minnesota?

Ebooks Minnesota is a 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 eLibrary Minnesota (ELM). No digital rights management (DRM) is required. You can share Ebooks Minnesota with your patrons by posting a link to the collection on your website and by sharing the link in promotional materials: https://ebooksmn.org.

What titles are available in Ebooks Minnesota?

Access the title list here.

Where can I find MARC records for the titles in Ebooks Minnesota?

MARC records can be accessed and downloaded at https://www.mackin.com/hq/ebooks-minnesota-digital-collection/.

Where can I find promotional materials for my library?

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

Is there an app for Ebooks Minnesota?

Yes! You can download the free app here: MackinVIA app

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.

What are the check-out limits in Ebooks Minnesota?

Patrons can read and access ebooks without any checkout or due date limits.

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

Ebooks Minnesota is designed as a collection built from 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.

What is the background of the Ebooks Minnesota program?

In 2014, Minnesota library leaders from all types of libraries and library-related organizations undertook a statewide effort to explore the integration of ebooks into libraries, increase understanding of how ebooks and digital content impact libraries, and engage in conversations around the future of ebooks in the state. The resulting Explore eBooks MN initiative consisted of five webinars presented by local and national ebook experts on topics ranging from ebook basics to e-content creation. Explore eBooks MN then culminated in an August 2014 summit where more than 100 staff from Minnesota's school, academic, public, and special libraries joined together to share ideas and discuss options. From these efforts, information was gathered and a statewide ebook collection was identified as a priority of Minnesota's ebook future. Minitex and the State Library Services division of the Minnesota Department of Education joined forces to identify an ebook collection that would be of use and interest to all residents and unique to Minnesota. State Library Services set aside a portion of its Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to support the preliminary ebook collection for children and teens for the first two years of the project. Minitex uses its funding to provide the software platform for delivering ebooks statewide. The Ebooks Minnesota focus on independent publishers means that the titles acquired are primarily purchased in sets from the publishers, rather than as individual titles. Minitex is also working with the University of Minnesota Libraries to preserve these titles in perpetuity as a snapshot of Minnesota's history with independent publishing.