What Is MELSA?

Curious about MELSA?

Let’s start with our name.

Blue circle character pointing at map of Minnesota and the Minneapolis / St Paul area where MELSA serves

MELSA is an acronym

It stands for MEtropolitan Library Service Agency.

Minnesota is divided into twelve regional public library systems, for the purpose of delivering library services.

MELSA is the largest of these systems, serving eight member libraries with more than 100 library locations.

What MELSA provides

MELSA is for you and your library.

With funding from the State of Minnesota through Regional Library Basic System Support, Regional Library Telecommunications Aid, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, MELSA promotes cooperation among its members by providing the libraries and the public with access to great resources, programs, and other important library services. 

For the public

From Read & Ride Day at the Minnesota State Fair to online tutorials on Lynda.com, we provide programs, events, and all kinds of E-resources for you.

For our libraries

Not only does MELSA enhance your libraries ability to provide great resources, but we also offer training, registration and other tools for member library staffers.

If you’re a library staff member check out our resources for libraries.

In the news

Publishers, please don’t limit e-book access.


This commentary was submitted on behalf of the metro area public library directors. (Star Tribune, October 15, 2019.)

Winners announced in Minnesota Author Project awards


From Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune on 9/20/19
NOTE: Minnesota Author Project is a program of the Council of Regional Public Library Systems Administrators, BiblioLabs, and Minnesota Library Foundation.

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