Ebooks and Eresources

Libby downloadable eBooks and audiobooks

The Viking Library System subscription to OverDrive allows Viking Library System borrowers to read/listen to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines on their own devices. Download the Libby app to read and listen on your tablets, phone, and dedicated reading devices.
Check-out limits may apply. Contact your local library or Bookmobile staff for details.

Please note: As of May 1, 2023, the OverDrive app has been retired by its creator. All OverDrive app users should switch to the Libby app to continue accessing free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines with your Viking Library System Library Card.


The Viking Library System subscription to hoopla gives library card holders access to downloadable audiobooks, movies, television, comics, eBooks, and music.

Check-out limits may apply. Contact your local library or Bookmobile staff for details.


The MyHeritage database includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles. Due to the ongoing content contributions by individual users, the database grows at an average pace of more than 1 million records each day.

​MyHeritage Library Edition focuses on people-based records, which contain information about both everyday people and prominent individuals across societies and periods of time. This emphasis, plus the strength of the index, enables users to access information both about specialized topics (regions, time periods) as well as social, cultural, and political trends.


Can't find what you're looking for on the Viking Library System catalog? Search other Minnesota libraries, place requests, and have items delivered to your local library or Bookmobile stop.

Ebooks Minnesota

READ LOCAL! Ebooks Minnesota is an online eBook collection for all Minnesotans through the MackinVIA platform. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction.

​Ebooks Minnesota is a joint project of Minitex and the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services. The collection was made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

eLibrary Minnesota

ELM (eLibrary Minnesota) gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, eBooks, and other information resources. ELM provides information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more.

Minnesota Digital Library

This is a great site to delve into primary sources, from photos, documents, and maps – all related to Minnesota history.
Teachers: Be sure to check out the Primary Source Sets, which explore “a variety of topics related to Minnesota history and culture….Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across Minnesota, these sets use letters, photographs, advertisements, oral histories, postcards, newsletters, papers, speeches and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to twenty primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide which includes classroom discussion questions and activities.”


This online service provides information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Librarians from around the state of Minnesota and the country staff this virtual reference desk. If they can't answer your question, they will have a local librarian follow-up via email.

You may need your library card if the librarian guides you through eLibrary Minnesota during your session.

MN Writes MN Reads

MN Writes MN Reads is a project of Minnesota public libraries that connects local authors with local readers.

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, or children’s book into eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks is an easy-to-use, online tool that allows you to create professional-quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and more formats. Start your publishing project by creating an account in Pressbooks today!

Get started with our four step introduction, or view one of the many Pressbooks video tutorialsonline.