Viking Library System provides an online catalog using Horizon software by SirsiDynix. The system provides cataloging, circulation, acquisitions and public access modules. Each member library has a separate account. Library patrons can request materials from VLS member libraries using their VLS library card. The integrated library systems (ILS) within the 12 regional public library systems in Minnesota serve as the backbone for statewide resource sharing. Click here to search for library resources online.
Minnesota regional public library systems extend public library service to all Minnesotans. The Viking Library System bookmobile provides convenient, personalized library service to citizens within the region who live in rural areas and cities and towns that do not have public libraries. The bookmobile also provides access to library materials for individuals for whom getting to a public library is difficult by providing service to long-term care and assisted living facilities. The bookmobile makes stops to approximately 90 different locations throughout the six-county service region on a bi-weekly basis, offering books, music, audiobooks, movies and magazines. Library cards are free and
registration is offered at every stop. Click here for a current bookmobile stop schedule.
Viking Library System and its member libraries provide access to downloadable audiobooks and ebooks through OverDrive and the Libby app. to library patrons with a VLS card. Additional electronic resources provided by Viking Library System, include the MyHeritage genealogy database and Beanstack online reading incentive platform. VLS and member library patrons also have access, free of charge, to a wide variety of databases and online learning tools through eLibraryMN, provided by Minitex, a state-funded library information and resource sharing program.
Delivery and Interlibrary Loan
VLS delivery service provides every-other-day pickup and delivery of interlibrary loan materials and other items between and among VLS headquarters and member libraries. Items requested and loaned through MNLINK, Minnesota's statewide interlibrary loan system, are also carried on this service.
Outreach: Child Cares and Group Homes
Viking Library System provides rotating collections of books, music and movies to child cares in the six-county region on a monthly basis. Rotating collections of developmentally appropriate books, movies, music, puzzles and games are also delivered to group homes in the service area monthly.
Technology Access and Supoort
Viking Library System provides access to a broadband network that connects each member library to VLS headquarters and provides internet access to the libraries. VLS technology support staff offer hardware and software support for the network, integrated library system, and local computer equipment.