The Northern Lights Library Network is the largest of the 7 multi-county, multitype library cooperative systems in Minnesota. We serve all types of libraries in the 23 counties of Northwest and West Central Minnesota. Membership includes more than 300 libraries: academic libraries (private and public), school libraries, public libraries in 4 regional public library systems and a variety of special libraries. Our offices are located in Detroit Lakes, MN.
Northern Lights Library Network
Northern Lights Library Network advocates for all libraries
and facilitates cooperation among the libraries of the NLLN region.
Northern Lights Library Network’s vision is to be a responsive,
effective organization in support of excellent library
service throughout our region.
Statement of Values
- We believe in the freedom of access to information in all forms, for all persons, and celebrate the process of life-long learning.
- We value open communication, cooperation, respect, and resource sharing among all libraries.
- We believe in advocacy based upon understanding of the social, cultural, political and historical contexts of the communities in which libraries function.
- We strive for integrity, competence, personal growth and service to our profession and to our communities.
- We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
- We believe in the value of technology and its role in achieving our goals.
- Facilitate educational opportunities in the NLLN region for NLLN member library staff, trustees, and Friends of the Library through continuing education and staff development activities.
- Advocate on behalf of all libraries.
- Facilitate sharing ideas, materials, expertise, and experience within the NLLN community through effective communication.
- Strengthen cooperation among all types of libraries in the NLLN region through resource sharing.
Adopted by the NLLN Governing Board, 6/16/2007
Reviewed and approved by the NLLN Governing Board, 6/21/2008
Reviewed and approved by the NLLN Governing Board, 6/20/2009
Reviewed and approved by the NLLN Governing Board, 6/16/2012