K-12 Education Newsletter: Back to school

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

August 2021

As Hennepin County Library continues to adapt its services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our Current service information page for details.

Back-to-school resources

Check out these resources as you and your students get ready to go back to school.

Video tutorials for navigating library resources

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Library staff have created instructional videos on library services in a series called "Databasics." The six videos can be found on our YouTube channel here

  • Online Catalog 101 shows how to perform a basic search, determine the availability of an item, as well as how to get the best results by using various filters on Hennepin County Library’s online catalog.
  • Databases vs. Websites introduces two types of information resources: databases and websites. Learn the difference between the two resources and when it is best to use one instead of the other.
  • HelpNow Online Tutoring shows students how to access free online tutors with their library card.
  • Finding Databases shows how to use a database available on the Hennepin County Library website. The video also defines what a database is and describes common things you might see in a database.
  • Navigating a Database for Elementary Schoolers and Navigating a Database for High Schoolers show how to use a database available on the Hennepin County Library website.

Additionally, Minneapolis Public Schools created a video on how to get a library card online that could be helpful to share with students regardless of school district. 

Get help with homework

Teens working on homework

We have resources available to help K-12 students with history, language arts, math, science and more. To discover all the different homework resources, visit our Homework help page.

Online tutors through HelpNow

Students in grades 3-12 can receive free one-to-one live online tutoring assistance every day of the week from 1-11 p.m. (with their library card) in English or in Spanish. Students can also submit their essays on HelpNow and get feedback within one to two days. For details, see Tutors online

Get a library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can do so without paying a fee. You can get a new or replacement card in-person at any open library location, or apply online for a library e-card to access the library's online resources, including eBooks and other downloads. Apply online for a library e-card.


Questions? Ask Us

You can Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 

Please see our Current service information page for information on in-person services.

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