Benefits of MELSA

MELSA supports our member libraries and their users with life-enriching services, resources and programs.  Here are some examples:

literacy & student success

  • Summer Learning programs
  • Online tutoring with HelpNow
  • STEM activities
  • Book discovery through NoveList K-8 Plus
  • An early love of reading with BookFlix

workforce readiness

  • Classes to learn jobs and business skills
  • Job assistance with JobNow
  • Online learning platform to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills
  • English-language learning and more with Cell-Ed

resources & content

  • eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines 
  • Support for local authors
  • Access to newspapers
  • Online tools for business research, genealogy, auto repair, and more
  • Language learning with Transparent Language Online

arts & cultural programs

  • Access to community arts partners through smARTpass
  • Bringing best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to library communities through Club Book & Teen Lit Con
  • Storytelling, dancing, song, improv comedy, and more at Read & Ride Day


Boost user access and experiences through:

  • Online events calendars
  • Mobile app
  • Online tutorials for library resources
  • Interactive catalogs, catalog enhancements, and discovery layer implementations

Library operations

  • Delivery service between member libraries
  • Metro-wide digital library 
  • Interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing
  • Professional development and staff support
  • Increased purchasing power through collaborative purchasing

MELSA is funded by the State of Minnesota through Regional Library Basic System Support, Regional Library Telecommunications Aid, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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