Extended Access

Photo of an Extended Access system userWhat is Extended Access?

Extended Access is a free add-on service that comes with your library card. Signing up for Extended Access provides you self service access to designated library locations outside of staffed open hours. It adds more opportunities to use the library to work, study, check out items, and more when it works best for you. 

At this time, Extended Access is only available at the Jordan Library, but may expand to other SCL locations in the future. The service provides access to the Jordan Library from 6:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week.

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

How It Works

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

Who Can 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 open signups on November 1, 2021. 

All Scott County Library cardholders ages 16 and older can sign up for Extended Access. Teens ages 16 and 17 must bring a parent with them to sign up. 

When you sign up, make sure to bring your library card and an ID so we can ensure your card information is current. If you don't have a library card, staff can make one for you during the orientation. 

How to Sign Up

  1. Drop into any Scott County Library location during staffed hours to complete a 15-minute orientation with a library staff member. During the orientation, staff will ensure your library card account is up to date and go over a few important procedures. 
  2. Sign our agreement acknowledging the Extended Access Policy. and other library policies. We will provide print copies at orientation. 
  3. Staff will complete back-end steps and then notify you by email to confirm you are enrolled. 

Report Feedback or Issues at the Jordan Library

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.