Lending Library

The Minnesota Literacy Council has a lending library of over 2,000 volumes related to literacy and English language instruction, volunteer program management, professional development and literacy research.  Resources are available for loan to volunteers and volunteer coordinators in Minnesota.  Access to the library is by appointment only.  Limited evening times are available.  For more information or to set an appointment, email or call 651-251-9081.

Want to learn more about materials in the MLC library? Click here to view a catalog.

Lending Library FAQs

Who may use the library?
Volunteer coordinators and current volunteers tutoring in Minnesota may borrow materials.

How do I check out materials?
When checking books out of the library, you will fill out a lending request form to document book titles and material ID numbers. The office manager or other staff person will sign the form, assign a due date and make a copy for the borrower to keep.  Library users are ultimately responsible for materials borrowed from the lending library. If materials are not returned, the library user will be charged replacement costs.

How long may I borrow materials?
The lending period is two months. Materials can be renewed by phone or email, provided those materials have not been requested by another tutor or program. 

What are the library hours?
Hours for the lending library are the same as our regular office hours (M-F 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.). On nights when there are tutor trainings at our office, arrangements may be made to use the library after regular office hours. Because we use the library for meetings, please call ahead to be sure that the library is available. Call 651-251-9081 to schedule a library visit.

What materials do literacy council staff recommend?
If you are a current volunteer or volunteer coordinator in Minnesota and would like assistance in selecting materials, you may email Andrea Echelberger, ESL training coordinator, or call 651-251-9062.

Can I purchase materials?
We do not sell materials. For purchasing information, you may contact the publisher.