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AskMN – An online service for information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24/7.

Biography Resource Center – Includes biographical information on thousands of people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Citizen Academy – The Austin Police Department is offering its annual Citizen Academy this fall. If you are interested in learning more about your local law enforcement, please follow the link.

ELM – Electronic Library for Minnesota. Search ELM for magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, ebooks, and information from reference sources.

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library Periodicals – Periodicals received by the MLR Library, by subject.

Digital Learn – If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Free Online Classes – Improve your computer, literacy, and math skills here. Learn how to use a mouse, practice reading and learn English, and more. Hundreds of topics.

More Free Online Classes – Whether you’re looking for college-level, professional development, computers and technology, or personal enrichment courses, KPL offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online through Gale Courses..​

How-to Index – Locate magazine articles containing how-to information, instructions, plans, suggestions, and tips on how to solve and prevent problems, construct projects, pursue an art, craft, hobby, etc. Click on Introduction for searching tips and Union List for magazines covered. Begin a search by clicking on Search the HTDI Index.

eLibrary Minnesota Learning Center – a collection of instructional materials on the ELM databases created by librarians in the Reference Outreach and Instruction unit of Minitex. These fact sheets, short videos, activities, and recorded webinars can be viewed and used on demand, whenever they're needed. Permission is granted to share, modify, and use all materials on this site with proper attribution.

LearningExpress Library – Access resources for skill building in reading, writing, math, speaking, grammar, and science. Prepare for the ACT, SAT, GED, citizenship, ASVAB, and civil service exams. Learn Microsoft Office, Windows and Mac operating systems, the Internet, and more computer skills.

Little Pim – Offered through Mango Languages, Little Pim is an easy-to-use and fun language learning tool designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Ten languages are available, including Spanish, French, and English/ESL.

Mango Languages – Online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.


GED Testing Service – Find everything you need to prepare for and pass the GED®test. 

Guide to Online Schools – This comprehensive list of accredited online schools and colleges covers over 30,485 fully online degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate levels.

College Search – Find in-depth guides for studying smarter so that you can get the most out of your college education. In addition, we’ll feature articles with tips on paying for school, planning for college, maximizing military benefits, and student lifestyle.

EdSmart – A nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, has released the 2019-2020 edition of the best online colleges and universities.  The EDsmart Best Online Colleges ranking aims to help students find affordable, quality schools that provide a high return on investment.

The College Board –  A mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

SAT Tips – Know what to expect.  Find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the SAT and what they measure. 

SAT Essay WritingTips – A guide that covers key information regarding taking the SAT.

ACT Tips – Find everything you need to know about registration, test prep, scores and more.

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