COVID-19 Resources

All Duluth Public Library locations are closed and events canceled until further notice.

Patrons are encouraged to keep items at home. Duluth Public Library is fine-free, and will not be sending bills for overdue materials at this time. Many eBooks, audiobooks, databases, and other eResources can be accessed online.


Duluth Public Library Facebook page - Find out about our All-Star Storytimes, Storytime with the West Duluth and Mt. Royal Branch staff, Creature Feature with Miss Leah, Kahoot! Trivia for Teens and Adults and all other virtual events!

eBook & Audiobook Resources

AudioBookCloudAn all ages audiobook database.

eBooks MinnesotaEbooks Minnesota is available online and through the free BiblioBoard Library app. You'll find unlimited access to items from local creators, content from the community, and contemporary content in a variety of genres. These items are always available with no holds or checkouts.

eLibrary MinnesotaELM (eLibrary Minnesota) gives Minnesota residents access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, media, including images, videos, and audio files, and other information resources. ELM provides information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, career, occupation, and test prep, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more. ELM is available to Minnesota residents of any age with any subject interest.

Libby - A free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card.

Overdrive - A free service that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere.

RB Digital - A free app for borrowing digital audiobooks and magazines. You will need to create two accounts (a Duluth account and an Arrowhead account) to access both audiobooks and magazines.

RomanceBookCloudA huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

TumbleBook LibraryTumbleBooks take existing picture books and add animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you. 

TeenBookCloudGrades 7-12 ebook database.

Educational Resources and Activities for Families and Students

Audible - Stories for KidsKids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Charles Bridge Remote LearningFree discussion questions, activity kits, curriculum guides, videos, excerpts, and more. Curated reading lists for any topic or occasion.

Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & ActivitiesA list of over 50 virtual author activities.

Lerner Publishing Free Digital Nonfiction CollectionTo help enable librarians, teachers and educators helping students with remote access and online learning, a selection of Lerner's digital products are now available for free through June 30, 2020.

Northern Lights Interactive eBookThe Minnesota Historical Society is providing the Northern Lights Interactive eBook student edition free of charge for the remainder of the 2019-20 school-year. The Northern Lights Interactive eBook includes text and images from the 2013 print version, videos throughout the Interactive eBook, diverse audio narration in English for all content by Minnesotans, interactive maps and graphs, extra primary source slideshows, audio stories, and web links.

Scholastic Learn at HomeThis free resource provides your children with exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family.

Social Studies Websites for Kids & Teens

TumbleMath - K-6 math ebook database.

Virtual Field Trips for Kids

We Love Duluth Coloring Book (PDF)Need an activity for the kids? Download this Duluth coloring book, created by Heather Morrow at Visit Duluth. It features several of your favorite Duluth landmarks.

Wide Open School - A free collection of learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade and subject. Resources include daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring.

Informational and Research Resources

Ancestry Library Edition - Our subscription to the genealogy website Ancestry Library Edition has been available for in-library use only. However, the vendor, ProQuest, has provided us with the link we need to make it available remotely to Duluth Public Library cardholders (not Arrowhead, though) during the library shut-down. Patrons can now access it from home through our website with their library card number. Once we're open again, it will revert to in-library access only. - Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Coronavirus ResourcesThe CFPB is committed to providing you with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage your finances during this difficult time. We have updated our site with new resources on: credit reporting, debt collection, financial caregiving, and more.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses (PDF)

Databases - Explore the Duluth Public Library's databases for online access to newspapers, magazine articles, career guides, academic and licensing practice tests, tutoring, auto repair manuals, genealogical resources, and more. Use the Categories option to quickly find databases that match your interests. Use the Categories menu to quickly find databases that match your interests.

Entrepreneur FundThe Entrepreneur Fund has COVID-19 resources and information for businesses in our region.

Free or Low-Cost Internet Service and Related Resources for HUD-Assisted Residents During COVID-19 Crisis (PDF)

Minnesota 2020 Census - Information about how to complete the 2020 Census forms.

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) ProgramThe official website of the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Northland Healthy MindsNorthland Healthy Minds is posting resources for mental wellness during these uncertain times.

Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project - Organized by the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives & Special Collections.  The goal of this project is to create a community archive that will preserve the story of this unprecedented time in our community. 

St. Louis County Health and Human Services - Rule 25s - Call SLCHHS's intake line at 725-5260 to schedule with a Rule 25. They have six assessors doing the Rule 25s. Treatment programs are open and accepting referrals and SLCHHS can assist with treatment coordination if there is a need for anyone who may have had a Rule 25 elsewhere but is in need of help finding a program.

Twin Ports Queer/Trans Community Care Request - An essential part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 from overwhelming our hospital systems is voluntary self-isolation. However, isolation can be difficult without the support of your neighbors. This form is intended to gather information about who in the community needs help.


Library Closure FAQ

What about the items I have checked out?

Please hold onto your materials while the library is closed. We know you want to return your items by the due date but we do not want people to make unnecessary trips during this time. Remember, you do not have to worry because the Duluth Public Library is fine free. Learn more at Digital items, like e-books and e-audiobooks from Overdrive/Libby and RB digital, will be returned automatically when they are due. 

What if my holds are ready for pick up?

All holds that are listed as ready for pick-up have been extended—and will be available for pick up when we reopen. Unfortunately, we don’t know when that will be yet. Please disregard the pick-up by the date listed in your account.

Can I still place holds?

Yes, but each library card account is limited to no more than 50 holds at one time. The limit may be lower for certain types of materials. (See for more details.) You can also keep track of items you want to read later by creating new saved lists under “My Lists” in your library account.

My library card is about to expire. How can I renew it?

All accounts nearing their expiration dates during the closure have been renewed until June 19, 2020.

I’m having trouble accessing eBooks or eResources. Can I talk to someone?

Call the Main Library (218-730-4200) and choose option 6 to leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and the problem you’re having. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.