The Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE) is one of seven regional multitype library systems established to meet the needs of and share the resources of all types of libraries.
Minnesota’s multitype library cooperation systems bring all kinds of libraries together. This program came into existence as a result of enabling legislation in May 1979. By the end of that year, the whole state emerged into seven multitype systems organized for the expressed purpose of developing common ways for libraries of different types (public, academic, school and special) to work together.
Each regional center serves specific clusters of counties and tailors its services to the expressed needs in their region. View this map of the multitype regions (pdf) & other specific information about each organization.
- CMLE’s mission is to serve as the Central Minnesota library hub, a clearinghouse of talent, materials, and expertise for all types of libraries. CMLE leads, supports, encourages, engages, and connects library personnel with the resources they need.
- CMLE serves 12 Central Minnesota counties including: Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright.
- Headquarters staff help member libraries share collections of materials, ideas and special expertise.
- Member libraries include K-12, academic, public and special libraries.
- Headquarter staff work directly with librarians, library staff, and school media personnel, who are then able to better serve their community’s needs.
- Members join and maintain membership at no charge to their libraries.
- Legislative state aid is disbursed through State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education.
- Services comply with MN Statute 134.351 and are planned by the Director, Governing Board and with member feedback.
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