Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ebooks Minnesota: Online eBook collection just launched

Collection includes more than 2,000 books and features titles from in-state publishers

  an online eBook collection spearheaded by Minnesota’s libraries, is open to Minnesota readers. The collection is accessible online  and via free apps from iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle.

There is no charge to libraries or individuals who wish to use the collection, and no username or password is required. Ebooks Minnesota is open to all readers within Minnesota’s borders.

 No process is required to “check out” a book.

Readers can access any book in the collection at any time regardless of how many other readers are also using that book. This feature makes the collection particularly useful for schools that may wish to assign a single book to an entire class or even an entire school. Likewise, community book clubs, no matter how large, can read books together without worrying about checkout limits or due dates.

 The collection contains more than 2,000 books, including titles from these Minnesota publishers:


        Lerner Publishing Group

        Cherry Lake Publishing

        University of Minnesota Press

        Milkweed Press

        Coffeehouse Press


Nonfiction titles from Arcadia Publishing about Minnesota and its history are also included in the collection. Titles relevant to the Pine City area include the following from the Images of America series:

·       Hinckley and the Fire of 1894

·       Kanabec County

·       Legendary Locals of Pine City

·       Northern Pine County

·       Pine City


A selection of popular titles that are in the public domain, such as "Dracula." and “Jane Eyre,” completes the collection.

Ebooks Minnesota is a two-year pilot project of Minitex - a joint program of the Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota - and State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education. 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 and by Minitex.

“It’s exciting to be able to provide Minnesotans with access to books from such a wide range of Minnesota publishers through Ebooks Minnesota,” said Minnesota State Librarian Jennifer Nelson. “I’m especially hoping that the collection will provide hours of reading pleasure for people of all ages, and that the children’s titles will give students another resource to use as they complete school assignments and learn more about the world around them. Ebooks Minnesota is also a great way to showcase all of the great books being published Minnesota’s independent presses.”

Ebooks Minnesota originated with the Explore Ebooks Minnesota project, a collaborative effort by library staff from across the state that explored the ways libraries could unite to improve electronic book experience for Minnesotans.



Minitex is a publicly supported network of academic, public, state government, and special libraries working cooperatively to improve library service for their users in Minnesota. Minitex is funded by the Minnesota Legislature through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and is a joint program of the Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota. State Library Services, a unit of the Minnesota Department of Education, provides additional funding to support services for Minnesota libraries and library users.



State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, provides leadership to Minnesota’s libraries. Division staff are consultants who help libraries to plan, develop and implement high-quality services that address community needs. State Library Services administers federal grants, state aid, and state grant programs that benefit all types of libraries.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it is already 2016?  Jump Start for the spring semester is this Thursday, January 7th from 4-6 pm.  Stop in the LRTC to get your photo ID badge printed, log in to the network and check your email and D2L accounts.
Also be sure you stop by the Atomic Learning table and talk to the representative.  They have hundreds of video tutorials to help you with technology issues, from Office programs to phones and tablets.  You might even get a free t-shirt!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Finals' week, new titles

Fall Semester is winding down quickly, finals' week is here!  The LRTC has been a busy place this week with folks studying for and taking final exams.   How about some light reading during your break?  Here are a few of our new titles that may be of interest to you.  Stop by before you leave and check one out!
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     Show and Tell         The 5 love languages of children   The end of absence             Top dog 
Also, if you have any library materials out, please remember to return them before your last day.  The campus store is also having book buy back and rental returns, so please return before the 18th.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Closed for Veterans Day

Notice:  Pine Technical and Community College is closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day.  Thank a veteran, and enjoy your day!

Friday, October 23, 2015

New books and ebooks too!

Fall Semester is rolling along, we've had a great time so far.  If you are in need of some reading materials to supplement your coursework or for a little break from it, check out some of our new arrivals.  Click here for the complete list on the friendly World Cat website.

Dosage calculations and basic math for nurses  (print)

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer winding down, fall start soon upon us

Happy August!  The month of county fairs, picking your bounty out of the gardens, back-to-school shopping,  bike rides, good reads on the deck, camping trips, etc.  Enjoy it while it lasts!
Have you thought about taking a college course?  We still have orientation and registration sessions this week.  Check out the course offerings on our website,  Contact to sign up for a session.

Thursday, July 2, 2015