Getting a Hennepin County library card
Getting a public library card is easy and free!
If you live in Hennepin County, you can get a library card in one of two ways:
- In-person: Visit any Hennepin County library in person and ask for a card. You will need to bring something with your name and current address on it, like a driver's license, or a piece of mail addressed to you. Your library card will give you full access and borrowing privileges to all items in the HCLIB collection, both digital and physical. You can have up to 50 physical items and 15 ebooks out at once.
- Online: Ecards are another option, which grant access to HCLIB's collection of ebooks and other digital material. Apply for an ecard. If you later decide you want to upgrade to a physical card to check out paper books, you can visit a library in person and make that change.
If you live outside of Hennepin County:
- Get a library card with your local library. Then you can register it at any Hennepin County library branch in person to gain privileges. You can also check your local catalog and see if any of the materials mentioned on this page are available there.
STEM books available at Hennepin County Library
There are lots of STEM books available to check out from the public library. See some STEM titles available from the Hennepin County Library.
Find even more titles on this list: See some STEM titles available from the Hennepin County Library.
Searching the Hennepin County Library Catalog
To search the catalog, start at hclib.org. Using the search bar, you can search by keyword, title, author, or even search for a list. Enter your search into the box, and click on the magnifying class to search. Using the bar on the left side of the screen, you can filter by lots of different categories, like: library location, format (e-book, physical book, DVD, etc), genre, audience (children, adults, teen), and more. If you click on an item, you can see more information about it and place a hold on it if you would like to pick it up from your library.
Sample of free, online textbooks, simulations and videos in STEM
Now we don't expect anyone to sit down and read these textbooks cover to cover but you can use them to search for a specific concept or explore something new you want to learn. Since these are free, online textbooks you can search them to zero in on exactly what you are interested in.
Check your school library or media center
Your high school library or media center may have some books connected to STEM topics. Find your high school's library website and search by subject (e.g. computer science) or title. Talk to (or email) the librarian or library staff person there and they can help to find more titles.