NLLN is the largest of Minnesota's seven multi-county, multitype library cooperative systems. NLLN includes nearly 300 members:
in 23 counties of North-west, North-central, and West-central Minnesota. We work at the grassroots level, to bring together all types of libraries and collections in the region to discover, enhance, and share resources through administrative, technological, and educational support. View our:
NLLN is mandated by Minnesota Statute 134.351 and funded by the Minnesota State Legislature, through the Minnesota Department of Education.
The main purpose of Northern Lights Library Network is to make all libraries in the region stronger.
Libraries are attractive, welcoming places that are friendly, open, inclusive, accessible, innovative, and a source of community pride where people can go to learn what they need to know in order to thrive and grow in their communities. When libraries work together, communities grow stronger, and the lives of all Minnesotans are enriched.
Northern Lights Library Network (NLLN) is a cooperative network of members in academic, public, school, and special libraries in 23 counties of North-central, North-west and West-central Minnesota. We work at the grassroots level to bring together all types of libraries and collections in the region to discover, enhance, and share resources through administrative, technological, and educational support from Northern Lights Library Network.
In principle and practice, libraries are at the core of a democratic society, defending the freedom of all citizens to:
We believe in inclusive library environments that are accessible to all persons.
We work together to ensure that all who use our libraries and collections feel welcome.
We create libraries and collections that are well organized and easy to use.
We support lifelong learning by determining our library user’s interests and needs and then teaching them how to use the resources that assist them in learning what they want to know.
We build bridges between libraries and believe that libraries themselves are bridges between physical and electronic access to information; bridges between people and technology; and bridges between resources available and the community needing to use those resources.
We communicate the purpose and benefits of libraries to citizens of the region. We believe in the inherent value of books.
We advocate for ongoing, sustainable, and continuous library funding at the local, state, and national level.