Books, poetry, authors, writing

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Ask Us for reading suggestions

Tell us about what you are looking for in your next book or audiobook, and we’ll send you some suggestions by email.

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Book club kits

Book club kits contain 8-10 copies of a single title. Selected titles are fiction and nonfiction recommended for book club discussions.

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Online resources

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Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors

Complete biographical and bibliographic information on U.S. and international authors. Includes awards and honors, adaptations, and commentary.

Gale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography

Essays on authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers and playwrights. Includes biographical data, awards, bibliographies, descriptive overviews, images and reviews. DLB Yearbook offers literary events year by year.

Indie Author Project

The Indie Author Project allows self-published authors to make their eBooks available to readers in public libraries in Minnesota and potentially across the country.


Online platform to create, edit and publish books in print-ready and eBook formats.

Gale Literature: Something about the Author

Articles and images detailing the lives and works of children's and teens' authors and illustrators.

Books in Print

Information on in print, out of print, or forthcoming books, eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. Includes reviews, contents, previews, author biographies, awards information, and publisher information.

Gale Literature

One search location for Gale's online literature archive resources, including Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete, Literature Criticism, and Something About the Author.

Gale Literature Criticism

Commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books, and journals. Covers poetry, drama, novels, short stories, and more. Goes back to 1400.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes criticism, plot summaries, and dictionary of literary terms. Goes back to 1400.

Gale Literature: LitFinder

Full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays with summaries, biographies and images. Some content is citations and abstracts.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Resources for finding fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score. Includes read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles. 

NoveList Plus

Information and resources to find fiction and nonfiction titles. Includes author read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles.


Downloadable eBooks for readers of all ages.
Getting started? Find online help under "About" once you are in cloudLibrary.

EBooks Minnesota

An online eBook collection for readers of all ages featuring content from independent Minnesota publishers and including some of Minnesota's best literature and nonfiction.
Getting started? Find the support link at the bottom of the page once you are in EBooks Minnesota.

Indie Minnesota

Self-published eBooks from Minnesota authors.

OverDrive Digital Library

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and streaming videos for all ages.
Getting started? Find the help link at the top right once you are in OverDrive.


RBdigital audiobooks moving to OverDrive on December 3

Please note:

  • Current holds in RBdigital will not transfer over to the new platform.
  • Items checked out at the time of the change will still be available through the end of their checkout period.

Downloadable audiobooks for children, teens, and adults.

Getting started? Find the help link at the top right once you are in RBdigital.

RBdigital Magazines

Online magazines which can be read in your web browser or downloaded via app. No limit to how many you can check out and they may be kept indefinitely.
Getting started? Find the help link at the bottom right once you are in RBdigital Magazines.

MNLINK (Minnesota Library Information Network)

A statewide virtual library to search for library resources across Minnesota. Use MNLINK to make Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for materials within and outside of Minnesota.


Library materials from public and academic institutions across the world. To request materials through Interlibrary Loan, use MNLINK.

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

Full-text of widely read poems, plus commentaries and biographies.

Loeb Classical Library

Classical Greek and Latin texts alongside English translations. Spans eighteen centuries, from 800 BC to 1000 AD, and includes epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory.

Play Index

Plays written from antiquity to today and published from 1949 to the present. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

Short Story Index

Citations and some full-text stories from collections and anthologies published each year in all literary genres. Goes back to 1984.

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MN Writes MN Reads

Local authors – indie, self-published, aspiring and mainstream – can create eBooks and share them with readers across the state and country.

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Zine Collection

The Zine Collection is current and local and seeks out new voices, with a focus on zines produced in or about Minnesota.

Learn more about the Zine Collection