Test Our New Catalog
We're redesigning our catalog and giving you an opportunity to test it now in its beta (not quite finished) form on your phone, computer or tablet. Please report any issues you experience through the "Report a bug" link in the new catalog. We need your feedback!
Update Your Smart Phone With Library Apps
Many of you use our library catalog app, but did you know we have many more? Check our list of useful apps, from downloading books and magazines to finding stock info, book recommendations, and more.;
Guidance for Computer Purchasing
Check the Technology Buying Guide - in particular, MasterFILE with its full articles from Consumer Reports, and PCWorld.
Help Us Refine Our New Catalog
Test the beta version now. It offers a preview of our new website design coming later this year. Explore our new catalog from your desktop computer or mobile device, and report any issues you experience through our "Report a bug" link. You can also tell us what you like!
New Magazine Search Tool
Use the new EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) atop our Databases A-Z list to search for online magazines and newspaper articles. EDS gives faster and more accurate results by searching through indexes rather than keyword-searching an entire resource's content.
Read All About It, Tech Edition
Read today's breaking news on engineering and technology on SciCentral Engineering News.
HowStuffWorks is a website, a podcast, and more. Learn about computer security, internet fraud, and silly things too.
iPad Apps For Your Prereader
Attend a library program to learn how best to choose and use apps with young children. Apps can be a fun way for children and their favorite adults to talk, read, write, sing and play together!
#myHCL on Instagram and Twitter
For National Library Week, we connected with our patrons through a series of questions, in our buildings and online. Read some of the #myHCL stories on our tumblr. Many use our computers, and we love the person who moved to be closer to their library...
Minnesota Invention Expo 2014
Exhibitors can show off their inventions to the public and product scouts at the Invention Expo on May 2 and 3.
Vote for the best of the web
The voting is open for the Webby awards, where you can vote for your favorite websites, social media personalities, and more.
The technology part of TED talks
Technology, Education, and Design make up the acronym TED - a wildly popular forum for sharing 20 minute talks to the world. All talks are online. If you'd like, you can go straight to the technology talks.
Calling teens for tech!
Did you know we had a 3-D printer in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Central?
More computer classes at the library!
Have you seen all of the classes we have? Lots of computer classes, using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, LinkedIn, and more!
The Beginner's Guide to Vine
Vine consists of 6-second looping videos - you can make your own, and follow others. Read Mashable for more of an introduction.
Internet story - true or false?
Remember to check Snopes if you want to find out if a story going around the internet, or that you got in your email, is true.
New Year, New Technology?
We have classes! Take a look, see if there's something that can help you learn how to use your new computer. There's online tutorials, too.
What were the top tech breakthroughs in 2013?
Mashable says Google Glass, the smartwatch, Oculus Rift, and more.
'Tis the shopping season
Before you go shopping, especially for big ticket items, don't forget to use our online evaluation resources - Consumer Reports is a great place to start!
Overdrive Changes for eBook Readers
Library eBook vendor Overdrive has introduced an updated mobile app. Penguin Publishing titles on Overdrive are now available and easier to download for Kindle, and patrons can now renew titles that do not have holds on them. More info.
Pinterest is now more popular than tumblr. If you'd like a quick lesson on pinning, Pinterest's help is a good start. GCF Learn Free has a tutorial, along with online learning for many other topics.
New Feature for WolframAlpha
You can now generate math problems with WolframAlpha - choose a topic of study (statistics, arithmetic, algebra, etc.), and learning level, and it will quiz you and explain the answers.
There are many places to read about news in the tech world. Try MIT's Technology Review, Wired, or the Daily Rotation.
The internet is your friend when it comes to doing homework. Find homework resources for all ages online. Help includes free online tutoring for students in grades 3-12 and adults. More info.
How many objects does it take to..
WolframAlpha can now help you find out how many ping pong balls it takes to fill a Boeing 747, or other important questions.
Watch Video from the Library
Explore streaming video and video available for download with your Hennepin County Library card. Browse the latest DVDs ordered by the Library for adults, teens and children, and watch Library instructional videos on YouTube and Vimeo.
Need a fun outing? Try these museums!
Don't forget tech when planning a family outing. We are fortunate to have several museums with a science and technology bent: the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Bakken, The Works, and the Pavek.
Geeking out about words
Wolfram|Alpha recently blogged about the additions to their dictionary, which may include anagrams, crossword puzzle and Scrabble scores, and frequency of use over time. Tech+dictionary=more!
eBooks Collection Innovation
More than 325,000 eBooks have been checked out from Hennepin County Library so far this year — a record pace. We're always looking for better ways to deliver eBooks, and we've been recognized with an honorable mention by the Urban Libraries Council for implementing and integrating eBooks into our collection. Browse our eBooks collection now!
Follow us on Google+
Hennepin County Library posts to Google+ weekly. Follow us for library news, events, resources and more. We're also on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and YouTube
HCL mobile apps
We have a list of HCL mobile apps available, from our mobile catalog, magazines to download, music and more.
Looking for a tech graduation gift?
Consumer Reports has some ideas!
Announcing the newest Webbys!
Voted on by the experts, the Webbys honor the best of the web.
ereader or tablet computer?
Consumer Reports has some thoughts on why you should consider an ereader if you're a bookworm.
Tax forms and instructions are online
Most tax forms and instructions are available online 24/7 through the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS. For more information on tax forms, contact information, taxpayer assistance and additional resources, see the Taxes link in our Government Information subject guide.
HCL Social Media
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to learn more about the Library's services, resources and programs, and to engage in conversation with HCL Librarians and other Library lovers.
Reading books online for kids
Did you know that you can read Tumblebooks, Tumblebooks Spanish, and Bookflix online through HCL? Grab your library card and read!
HCL has eBook classes
Register now for our eBook classes - we'll be covering the basics on how to find, checkout, and download books.
eBook Basics Classes
Did you receive an eReader during the holidays? The Library has thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks for adults and children. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks at free classes.
Let tech help you with taxes
Libraries don't have tax forms yet, but most forms and instructions are available online 24/7 through the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS. For more information on tax forms, contact information, taxpayer assistance and additional resources, see the Taxes link in our Government Information subject guide.
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