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Answers to Your Reference Questions
: Staff will answer questions by phone, in person or by e-mail. Staff will help in finding books, reserving books, or identifying authors or titles. You can call your library or call the Reference Center at (952) 707-1770.  Ask A Librarian allows you to ask questions 24 hour a day, 7 day a week by e-mail- a reference librarian will typically respond within 24 hours.  You also have the option of using our Online Resources.

Book Discussion Clubs: Book discussion clubs are available at several of the Branch Libraries. Please call your library to join a discussion group, or to start a new one.  The library also has several book club kits that can be checked out, search the catalog for the term book club kit and contact your library at least two to three weeks before the kit is needed.

Book Sales: All library branches have book sales during various times of the year, please search for book sale in the calendar or contact your library to see if one is coming up.  Some libraries have a selection of items on sale in the branch.

Computers/Internet: All library branches have Internet enabled computers connected to printers.  All libraries also have free wireless internet access.  Scott County and metro area people need their library card to sign up to use the computers in most branches).  Please see our Computer and Internet Use Policy for more information.

Donations: All libraries accept donations of gently used items, but please contact your library before you come in if you have more than a few items to donate to see if a larger donation can be accepted at that time.  Please note that donations are subject to our "Donations and Gifts" policy and the library reserves the right to add donated items to the collection, sell them in one of our book sales or discard them.

Friends of the Library: Friends of the Library is a group of citizens that help promote and improve the library services and facilities in their community at each of our library branches. Friends groups are organized in each of the branches- contact the branch manager of your library if you wish to join. Friends of the Library run book sales and other events and use the funds they raise to purchase and maintain items for the branch that are not easily funded with tax dollars.

Interlibrary Loan: The Scott County Library System attempts to obtain materials not owned in either its circulating or reference collection by requesting the material from another library system or network in Minnesota. You may use your Scott County Library Card to put a hold on materials in other libraries using MnLink.

Library Cards: A library card is available free of charge to all current Scott County residents with picture ID and proof of their current address (if not on the identification), including a piece of mail, checkbook, lease, bill, or pay stub with their name and address. Children under 16 years old must have a parent (or guardian) present to get a card. Replacement cards are $1.  Scott County library cards can be registered to use to borrow materials at any library in the metro area (and most libraries in the state of Minnesota) by taking the card and the same ID and address information to that library.  

Meeting Rooms: All libraries have meeting rooms available for use.  Please see the Library Meeting Room Use policy for more information and call your library for specifics.  Please note that the library reserves the right to use the room for library purposes at any time even if there are existing reservations during that time

Microfilms- Census and Other- The Shakopee (952.233.9590) and New Prague (952.758.2391) libraries have microfilm reader/printers (printing is $.50 per page).  Select library branches have access to city newspaper microfilm (those can be sent to Shakopee or New Prague to read).  Select census information (circa 1850-1920) for Scott County, Minnesota is available on microfilm at the Shakopee Library. Census tapes not owned by the Scott County Library System are available for rental through the American Genealogical Lending Library (AGLL). A fee per census reel will be charged.

Photocopying:  Black and white photocopy machines are available in all of the libraries for the public to use- standard sized copies are $.10 per page.  Color copiers are at the Savage, Shakopee, Prior Lake, and New Prague Libraries and are $.50 per page.  Please note that the library does not have public faxing or scanning services.

Proctoring: The libraries do offer proctoring services, please read all of the proctoring guidelines form.   These forms need to be returned to the library in advance of scheduling exams and all exams need to be scheduled at least two days before your desired test date.  The library reserves the right to limit this service.  Contact your library for more information on this service and note that most library branches are not able to scan and email or fax back tests. 

Storytimes:  All libraries offer storytimes.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and registration information.

Study Areas/Rooms: Most libraries do have study rooms that are available on a first come, first served basis- there are no reservations for these rooms.

Tax Forms: Libraries keep reproducible copies of Federal and State tax forms and publications in the Reference collection. In addition, between January 1 and April 15, the Branch Libraries maintain a selection of commonly used Federal and State tax forms for personal use (we do not carry business forms).

Volunteering: Ask the manager of your library about volunteer opportunities.

Wireless: All Scott County Libraries have free WiFi.

Last Updated 9/11/13 sb