Books and reading

Explore books, reading and writing through library events and classes, book clubs, eBooks and other resources.


Books, poetry, authors, writing

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Mary Ann Key Book Club

The Mary Ann Key Book Club invites you to participate in a shared, focused reading experience on themes of race, racism, and antiracism.

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Book clubs

Find suggested titles for discussion, including book club kits and eBooks, as well as tips for starting and leading your own book club. Participate in a book discussion led by library staff.

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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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Author alerts

Get an alert by email when the library orders a new title by one of your favorite authors or performers.

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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.

Gale Literature: Something about the Author

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

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.

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.

Fiction Core Collection (H.W. Wilson)

A guide to recommended classic and contemporary works of fiction, written in or translated into English, for general library collection development.

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.

Nonfiction Core Collection

A guide to recommended reference and nonfiction books for adults, including plays and poetry.

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.

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.

Indie Minnesota

Self-published eBooks from Minnesota authors.

OverDrive Digital Library

Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, and comics for all ages. You can use the OverDrive Libby app to access your items on a mobile device.

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

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.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Source

Full-text poetry and short stories with supplemental content, including biographies and authoritative essays on topics such as poetic forms, movements and techniques.

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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