About MELSA

MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) is an alliance of over 100 public libraries in the seven-county Twin Cities metro, working together to bring the best library services and programs to you. MELSA is a regional library system that promotes cooperation among its eight member library systems.

Here are some of the benefits MELSA brings to you and your library:

  • MELSA subscribes to online resources that your library system makes available. Most metro public libraries identify the resources provided through MELSA on their websites. A list of online resources provided by MELSA can be found here.
  • MELSA coordinates metro public library participation at a variety of community events. Events include the Minnesota State Fair, Hmong New Year festivities, the Twin Cities Book Festival, Cinco de Mayo, and others throughout the year.
  • MELSA develops metrowide programs such as the Museum Adventure Pass program where patrons were able check out passes to local cultural organizations free of charge, and the Quiet on the Set short film competition, which are offered at all metro public libraries.
  • MELSA also plays an active role in the metro public libraries' Summer Reading Program, locally coordinating a joint kick-off event in June and supporting library programming.
  • Residents with a metro public library card may check out items at any of the 100+ metro libraries.