Online Resources

Library Catalogs & Databases

SELCO Library Catalog: search our shared online catalog with libraries in southeastern Minnesota.

MnLINK Gateway: search libraries throughout Minnesota. Please check the SELCO catalog first as only items that are not listed there may be requested via MnLINK.

WorldCat: catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM): access to an extensive list of databases including LearningExpress Library, Britannica Online, eBook Collection from EBSCO, Health Source, MasterFile Premier (magazines), Points of View Reference Center, Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Wall Street Journal.

SELCO Research Databases
Search a variety of other specialty databases available through SELCO, including:

  • Biography in Context: biographical information on more than 335,000 people throughout history, the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
  • Chilton: car, truck, van, and SUV repair information.
  • Grolier Online: eight databases including an atlas, dictionaries, and international news.
  • SELCO Newspaper Index: indexes selected date ranges of newspapers from Albert Lea, Austin, Northfield, Red Wing, and Stewartville.

eBooks, eMagazines and Downloadable Audiobooks

OverDrive: download free ebooks and audiobooks to your portable device or computer.

TumbleBookCloud: an online collection for middle and high school students that includes teen/YA titles, graphic novels, short stories, classics, poetry, audiobooks, and world class educational videos from National Geographic.

TumbleBookCloud Junior: an online collection designed for elementary and middle school students that includes ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, audiobooks, and National Geographic educational videos.

EBSCO eBook Collection: mostly nonfiction and classic literature.  Includes Cliff Notes and Nolo books.

ZinioZinio Digital Magazines: download full and enhanced versions of a wide variety of popular magazines.  There are no limits or due dates!  Subscribe to as many as you’d like and receive emails when new issues are available.

Magazine and Newspaper Articles

EBSCO Database  |  Gale Databases (InfoTrac)
Access to newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. Many articles are full-text, and can be either read on screen, printed, or emailed.

ERIC: bibliographic records of education literature, with some links to full text.

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub: area newspapers from Goodhue, Fillmore, Rice, Olmsted, Freeborn, Wabasha, and Steele Counties along with cities all across the state. Over the next two years, you will see additional newspapers from Houston, Dodge, Winona, and Mower County added as well.

Winona Newspaper Project: useful for looking for obituaries, articles and more.
Presented by the Winona State University Darrell W. Krueger Library with the support of the Minnesota Historical Society and the cooperation of the Winona County Historical Society.

Zinio Digital Magazines: download full and enhanced versions of a wide variety of popular magazines.  There are no limits or due dates!  Subscribe to as many as you’d like and receive emails when new issues are available.

Government Documents

Government Printing Office: access to thousands of publications from the United States GPO.

Government Accountability Reports: nonpartisan reports on government operations by topic.

Historical Resources

Digital Public Library of America: explore items from libraries, archives & museums across America.

Europeana: Europe’s digital library.

Search the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana side-by-side


Library of Congress American Memory Project: free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Minnesota Reflections Digital Library: a collection of more than 135,000 images, maps and documents from more than 150 of the state’s cultural heritage organizations.

Dalby Database: contains cemetery records for Southeastern Minnesota as well as an index to some local newspapers, church records, and a number of Minnesota history books.  A great resource for genealogists and local historians.  Sponsored by the Owatonna Public Library.