Things to do at East Central Regional Library

ECRL offers great resources to help with all of your study needs!

From quiet study spaces to online databases, our libraries provide you with the environment and tools necessary to study and learn.


eResources & databases for study

Check out these curated resources for studying, or see the full list of all of our eResources and databases! 

Academic Search Premier

A scholarly resource containing indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals in a wide variety of disciplines, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. *

Brainfuse HelpNow

Free on-demand one-to-one online homework help. Access additional homework tools to help build skills in writing, math, science, digital literacy, ESL, and more. The Adult Learning Center offers skill building, test preparation, and writing assistance adults. HelpNow tutors are available every day of the week from 2-11 pm.**

Britannica Library

Encyclopedia content for all ages plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, quotations, and primary sources.*


An index to journal articles and documents in education, containing full-text articles and over 1,000,000 citations.*

Explora Libraries

Full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Includes Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source – Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.*

Gale in Context: Middle School

Created for middle-schoolers, combining the best reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources & much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, & history. *

Gale in Context: High School

Designed for middle and high school students to help them with their homework and in-depth research assignments. Includes reference works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, images, and periodical articles.*

Learning Express Library

Interactive collection of tests, tutorials, and eBooks to help with educational and career goals. Learning Centers include: Adult Learning Center, Career Center, College Center, College Preparation Center, Computer Skills Center, High School Equivalency Center, Job & Career Accelerator, School Center, and Spanish Center. *

Minnesota Digital Library

Collection of images and documents from historical societies, public libraries, special archives, universities, and colleges that depict the history of Minnesota.

Points of View Reference Center

Provides students with a balance of materials from all viewpoints on current issues, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books.*

Science Reference Center

Access to full-text science oriented content. Correlated to state and national curriculum standards.*

Need a quiet space to study?

Many branch locations offer great study spots and even meeting rooms for your use. Check out the locations and hours page to see when your library is open.

Printing and copying services are also offered at all library locations.

Sometimes it's hard to find answers on your own

Try asking a librarian

Ask a Librarian is a free service ECRL offers in partnership with AskMN.

With Ask a Librarian you can get access to a librarian 24/7.  Ask them questions on where to get started, where to look for information, what books to try out, and a librarian will get back to you promptly.