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Password Protect Your Library Card

With the exception of eLibraryMN (aka ELM), all of our library services are accessed through your library card.

  • Checking out a book? You need your card.
  • Putting an item on hold through MNLink? You need your card.
  • Accessing an e-book on Overdrive? You need a card.
  • Reading an audio book on RBdigital? You guessed it: you need a card.
  • Using Plum Creek Library System’s online catalog? Yep. You need your card.
  • Exploring any of our Scholastic platforms such as ScienceFlix and BookFlix? Cards definitely required.

Because of this, it is important that you protect your library card and the information in your account in much the same way you safeguard your debit card–password and all.

I can already see some of you scratching your heads, thinking, What is this password?

I once did the same thing. Who needs a password on a library card, and how do I get one? The answer is easy peasy. You need a password if you ever plan on using your library card to access our digital materials. When your card was made, you were told your password by the friendly librarian at the circulation desk. At some point thereafter, you may have changed your password. In fact, you should have changed your password to keep your checkout information safe and to eliminate the possibility that someone else may be using your card to access your library account and all the platforms your card unlocks.

But, if you’re like me, you maybe forgot to reset your password. Or, you immediately reset it, then years went by, and now you finally want to sit down with your kids and poke around on ScienceFlix together. Well, lo and behold, you have forgotten the little protective gem in the ensuing years.

Never fear, you are in full control of your literary info.

  • If you don’t know your password, call the library and we will reset your password for you. Don’t worry about us knowing your password, you get to change it the second you get off the phone with us. To do so, follow the next step.
  • If you know your current password–which you do, because we just gave it to you, or you are one of the rare rock stars who just memorizes everything easily–you can, and should, change it online through the OPAC (our Online Public Access Catalog) which you can access by clicking here.
Log in to your account on the right sidebar using your library card bar code and password.

Once you’ve gotten into your account, you can do all sorts of things like renew books, put items on hold, and see if you have any fines (hint, you shouldn’t, as we have stopped fines from accruing during COVID to help you get your books back safely without penalizing you in the process). You can also check your reading history, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD, or request that we update your personal information such as email, phone number, or address. These things are found on the left side bar.

Yes, my middle name is now out there for the world to see–as are my latest checkouts.

As you can see from the above image, once you are logged into an account, you have access to all the great stuff the library has to offer. This makes it even more important to change your password. Especially since it’s easy to lose or misplace one of your cards.

When I was cleaning out my desk at home, I came across a stray library card. Having four kids and a husband, I had a pretty good chance of guessing the right name. Nope. It belonged to one of my youngest son’s friends. If I had nefarious intentions, I could have accessed all sorts of personal information from that lone card as long as the password had never been changed. It hadn’t.

Which leads us to this post. Please password protect your library card.

keep reading, keep learning~ jody

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Construction Hours

Due to construction and the holiday weekend, Meinders Community Library will be open for curbside pickup from 10am-3pm this Tuesday 9/8, Wednesday 9/9, and Thursday 9/10. The library and parking lot will be inaccessible after 3pm on all of these days.

We will resume our normal in-house and curbside pickup hours on Friday 9/11 from 11am-6pm. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Public Forum Cancelled

The library board’s public forum scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 9th at First Lutheran Church has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Anyone who has questions, comments, or concerns can contact the library board by emailing or sending a letter to 1401 7th St SW, Pipestone, MN 56164.

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Library Services Update

At least through Labor Day, Meinders Community Library patrons can schedule a 20 minute session to browse for materials or use technology. We will reassess our open hours based on the impact of COVID-19 in our community following the start of the school year.

We continue to provide and encourage curbside pickup.

Here are a few things to note if you are coming out for a scheduled in-house session:

  • Library cards are required if you are checking out materials.
  • Masks are required for in-house visits.
  • School lets out at 3:15pm, making the campus very busy with traffic between 3:00 and 3:30.

Call the library at 507-825-6714 or email us at to schedule a time or with any questions.

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No Curbside Monday & Tuesday

Due to continued construction at the school, the library will not be open for curbside pickup on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd.

We hope to be open for curbside pickup on Friday, June 5th.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please email us at or call 507-825-6714 and leave us a voicemail.

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Library Services

Library staff will be available to answer calls and emails, and process holds for curbside pickup Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm.

If someone does not answer the phone, please leave a message. Staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will update this space as the library is able to offer more services.

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Library Services Update

To better align with Governor Walz’s Stay Home MN directive, Meinders Community Library will reduce the number of service days per week.

spiral calendar

While we are unable to provide in-house use right now, we are still filling holds that can be picked up curbside. Further, we remain dedicated to printing and copying necessary documents for our patrons as long as it is feasible to do so. You can call the library for information on how to do this.

Beginning Monday, April 13 until May 3 (or extended by executive order), we will answer calls and emails, and process holds for patrons Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm.

If someone does not answer the phone, please leave a message. Staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

thanks so much for your patience and cooperation~ jody

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Book Check Out Remains Available

Your safety is important to us. So is your access to materials.

Please read, share, and follow this newest set of guidelines provided to us by our Library Board based on recommendations from the CDC, Governor, and American Library Association.

Meinders Community Library will continue to provide physical materials and necessary services to the best of our ability in the upcoming weeks and months. That said, your safety and the safety of our staff is paramount. By working together and following ever-evolving procedures, we can minimize contact.

As difficult as this is, we appreciate your cooperation.

Until further notice, the library will operate within the following parameters Monday through Friday between the hours of 11am and 6pm. We will not be open on Saturdays.

  • Check in and check out of physical items will continue!
    • Place your Meinders Library¬†items on hold in one of these three ways:
      • Through the online catalog by clicking on the Plum Creek Library System icon on the right, top sidebar or by clicking here
      • By calling library staff at (507) 825-6714
      • Or emailing the library at
      • No social media or facebook requests will be filled.
    • At the time your hold is confirmed, we will provide you with pick up instructions.
  • All items must be returned in the outside drop box or media slot to the left of the door. If you have large items to return, please call ahead to make arrangements for drop off.
  • No in-house use or browsing will be allowed with the following exceptions:
    • Necessary computer use and printing by appointment only.
    • STEAM Room use for student projects by appointment only.
    • Reservations for the computer lab for Social Service or School meetings of less than 8 individuals may be granted on a case by case basis. The individuals requesting room use must sanitize the space when each session is complete.
  • Library doors will remain locked.

Please refer to our digital platforms to check out e-books and audio books. You can find information on our Quick Links tab at the top. Also, you can call if you need help trouble shooting.

Remember to wash your hands and stay safe~ jody