Dakota County Library recognizes the hard work and commitment of teachers, caregivers and students as you create and engage in learning. Below is a variety of free educational resources and library services that are available to support K-12 learning both at home and in the classroom.
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Support for Teachers and Caregivers of K–12 Learners
Attend an online workshop to discover free services and programs that the library offers to support K-12 students.
Get a library card
Online library card
Register for a library card online and get immediate access to electronic collections, including e-books, electronic magazines, audio books and more, free of charge.
For schools participating in our
student card program, your school district's three-digit number followed by your student ID provides you with instant access to online one-on-one homework help, research tools, e-books, audiobooks, electronic magazines and print books — all fine free at the library.
Visit in person
Express library services
The library is open for
express services. Drop by to pick up holds, find items on the shelf, check out items or use a computer. You can also use
Curbside Pick-up to pick up books and other materials at any Dakota County Library location. If you are unable to visit the library and use Curbside Pick-up, try our
Books by Mail service.
Computer & Wi-Fi access
Computers, printers and scanners are available for use at all Dakota County Library locations, no library card required. You can also bring your own laptop or device and use the library's
free Wi-Fi to access the internet in our library parking lots.
Wi-Fi hotspots & Chromebooks
Check out a Wi-Fi hotspot or a kit containing both a Wi-Fi hotspot and Chromebook laptop for free internet service at home or on the go.
Online homework help
Help with your homework is just a mouse click away.
HelpNow provides online tutoring for kids in grades K–12 and college in both English and Spanish. Live tutors are available from 1–11 p.m. daily.
Live, online FAFSA assistance is available through
HelpNow to assist anyone who needs help completing the FAFSA form for student financial aid.
E-books and e-audiobooks
Browse a wide collection of
e-books and other digital media using Cloud Library, Tumblebooks, BookFlix and other free services.
Learn with Lynda
Watch easy-to-use video tutorials on
Lynda to help you learn a variety of skills — anytime, anywhere. Log in with your Dakota County Library card, create your profile and start learning.
Watching and participating in our free
virtual programs is a great way to encourage at-home learning for children of all ages. Our virtual programs cover a variety of educational topics including storytimes, STEM, nature, art and more. Visit our
calendar of events to browse and register for upcoming programs.