SELS is one of seven multicounty, multitype library systems established by the state of Minnesota in 1979 under Minnesota Statute 134.351. As a multitype system we facilitate connections between the academic, public, school and special library members in our region and provide efficient, cost effective services. We receive a biennial legislative appropriation and membership and access to all SELS services is free for qualifying libraries in the region. Our support services include but are not limited to consulting, communications, professional development, mini-grants, resource sharing, and assistance with strategic planning. We share a geographic region with our sister organization, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating), which is one of Minnesota’s twelve Regional Library Systems serving public libraries.