Extended Access

Photo of an Extended Access system userWhat is Extended Access?

Extended Access is a technology system that provides self-service access to the library outside of staffed open hours at designated locations. It works similarly to college libraries, 24/7 gyms, co-working lofts, and other shared public spaces. The service provides access to the Jordan Library from 6:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week.

How It Works

Customers scan their library card number and enter their PIN at an entry panel to unlock the door. Click here for a brief video demonstration. Once inside, they are free to use in-library resources and self-service equipment such as the self-checkout machines, computers, printers, copiers, and study rooms. 

Note: Customers who want to use meeting rooms in Belle Plaine, Elko New Market, Jordan, New Prague, and Shakopee outside of staffed hours do not need to opt into Extended Access. Visit our Meeting Rooms page for details. 

How to Sign Up

At this time, we are piloting the service at the Jordan Library only with a limited number of customers before making it available broadly. We will reopen signups in November 2021.

Before using the service, participants must:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation with library staff:
  • Sign an agreement acknowledging the Extended Access Policy. We will provide print copies at orientation.
  • Have their library card number added to the Extended Access system. Make sure to bring your library card to orientation so we can ensure your card information is current. Staff will notify you by email when it has been activated.

Report Feedback or Issues 

Use this form to report feedback. For issues that require immediate response, call the number listed on the form. 

If you are an Extended Access Pilot Member who requires assistance with their card, please contact Library Administration at 952-496-8010 between 8:00am-4:30pm.