About MnLINK

MnLINK's Mission

We support and develop a technology infrastructure and collaboration to facilitate equitable and shared access to library and information resources for all people of Minnesota.

Two Major Components

MnLINK is a statewide virtual library that electronically links major Minnesota libraries. It is currently made up of two major components: the MnLINK Gateway and the Integrated Library System (ILS).

MnLINK Gateway

Through the MnLINK Gateway libraries, you have access to electronic resources including online catalogs from over 20 Minnesota library systems and the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). ELM includes a wide variety of subscription databases made available through collective, statewide contracts.

Integrated Library System (ILS)

This shared library automation system (software and hardware) for the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnPALS) and the Minnesota State Agencies (MnPALS) allows for equal access to library resources across the state.

Other participating libraries include private colleges, public universities, K-12 school libraries, and special libraries. Ex Libris-USA, Inc. holds the contract for delivery of the ALEPH library automation system.

As of 2005, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, along with coordinate campuses in Duluth, Morris and Crookston, were all transitioned to the Ex Libris Aleph software. Through MnPALS, several of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities library have also successfully moved to the system and others are scheduled to migrate in the near future.


The MnLINK project is funded by a 1997 appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Search the MnLINK Gateway

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Use the MnLINK Gateway to:

  • Search multiple libraries and databases at once.
  • Request materials.
  • Search the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) to view and download articles about numerous topics.