Holiday Closings

The following East Central Regional Library branches and Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 15 in honor of President’s Day:  Aitkin, Cambridge, Chisago Lakes, Mora, North Branch, and Princeton.  The Braham Outreach site will also be closed on Feb. 15.

The following East Central Regional Library branches will be closed on Tuesday, February 16 in honor of President’s Day:  Hinckley, McGregor, Milaca,
Mille Lacs (Isle), Pine City, Rush City, Sandstone, and Wyoming.

Welcome to our new website!

We are proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. On behalf of all of us here at East Central Regional Library, welcome! Our old website served us well, but technology continues to develop and with this redesign we will be able to take advantage of the most current tools to share the services and resources available at East Central Regional Library. Check it out!

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Framed Art Collection on Display at Hinckley Public Library

Be sure to stop by the Hinckley Public Library to view the framed art collection currently on display!

The collection will especially be of interest to local history buffs, as the art was displayed at stores in Hinckley in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Those nostalgic for a time past might be interested in reminiscing about the Up Town Sanitary Shop, Wicker’s Department Store, Hunt’s Variety Store, and more.  There are 10 pieces total in the collection, including a historical aerial photograph of downtown Hinckley.

The artwork was donated to the City of Hinckley who have placed the collection in the library for viewing.


Search for eBook and eAudiobooks in the Catalog

Physical books or digital books?  If you’re like most digital readers, you don’t read digital books exclusively but also read physical books .  Previously, if you were a physical AND digital book reader from ECRL, you had to search in more than one place.  If you were looking for physical books like hardcovers or Books on CD from ECRL, you had to search the catalog.  If you were looking for digital books (eBooks or eAudiobooks), you had to search the ECRL OverDrive Digital Library.

No longer!

Since the beginning of 2016, ECRL’s Technical Services team has worked hard to add information for the over 9,000 digital titles available in the ECRL OverDrive Digital Library to the catalog.  Now, you can search for OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks in the ECRL catalog.

How do I do search for eBooks and eAudiobooks in the ECRL catalog?

Search for a title or author in the ECRL catalog, just as you normally would.  Results will now include eBook and eAudio in addition to the regular print book, Large Print, and Book on CD.  In the example above, a title search for Girl in the Spider’s Web returns 5 results.  The top two results represent digital books.

To access a digital title from the catalog, click on the link to open the detailed record of the format you desire (see below).

Girl in the Spider's Web eBook detail

Then click on the link under Electronic resources which will take you to the ECRL OverDrive Digital Library to check out or place the item on hold.

OverDrive Record

How does this help me?

Having digital titles available in the catalog increases your ability to find books to read.  For readers who read both digital and print books, this should save you the time of having to search in two places. Using the catalog to search is a good option if you are looking for a particular title in any format: book, eBook, Book on CD, eAudiobook, etc.

Note: If you are searching for OverDrive digital titles only, you can always still search for eBooks and eAudiobooks on the Digital Library website or app.