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Brainerd Public Library - Directions to Library
416 S. 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 829-5574 Fax: (218)829-0055
E-mail Address:  
Web Site Address

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Sun Closed
Mon 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Tue 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Jolene B., Branch Manager
Merle G., Library Assistant
Linda M., Reference Librarian
Darcy D., Library Assistant
Jayne D., Library Assistant
Laurel H., Library Assistant
Sue H., Library Assistant
Robin M., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Maria S., Library Assistant
Julia L., Library Assistant
Emily I., Library Assistant
Dennis H., Custodian

Brainerd Library map

Directions to Branch: Intersection of Highway 210 to 4th Street.  Turn on 4th Street.  Go two blocks to the stop sign.  Turn left on Laurel Street.  Go one block.  Turn right on 5th Street.  Go two blocks.  The library will be on your right side.

Brief History: The Brainerd Public Library was established in 1904 and was a founding member of the Kitchigami Regional Library system in 1969. Originally housed in a Carnegie library, the current building was constructed in 1986

Reserve a Brainerd PC

Story time hours:
Family Story Time
Every Monday at 6:30 pm and every Tuesday at 10:15 am

Baby Story Time
Every Thursday at 11:15 am

Event Emails:
Would you like to sign-up for Brainerd Public Library event emails? If so, click here!

Local Library Board Meetings:
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome.

Special Events:

April 2014 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

Free Computer Classes at the Brainerd Public Library- If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. These classes are made possible through a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation.
For a list and descriptions of April Computer Classes Click Here

"Paws" to read with Lulu the Dog-Lulu is a Reading Education Assistance Dog. She is very patient and calm and a great listener. Whether you're a strong or struggling reader Lulu loves to hear kids read stories. Want to read her a story? Lulu will be at the library Monday March 17th and Monday March 31st from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 829-5574.

Friends of the Library Book Sale March 20th-22nd-Don't miss this popular event and stock up on great books. Thursday and Friday 9:00am to 8:00pm. Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Cooking with Kids Story time-Monday March 24th @ 6:30 pm-Put on an apron and cook a healthy snack with your kids. Come for story time and afterwards kids will make a fun healthy snack. Adults will also get a parent education time. Presented by the Brainerd Lakes Early Childhood Coalition. No registration is required. Come cook as a family!

Family Book Club-Monday March 31st @ 4:00pm-Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Our book club is for kids ages 8-12. Pick up a copy of the book at the library and read it together before book club. Then come to book club and talk about your reading experience while making fun crafts. Snacks too! Family Book Club is a great way to foster a lifetime of reading in your family.

Preservation of Textiles with Textile Center*-Thursday, April 3 @ 6:30pm- Join us as a Textile Center expert discusses how to preserve textiles like uniforms, quilts, and wedding dresses. No registration necessary.

Join us as Minnesota's Textile Center helps us to learn about textile traditions and the excellence and innovation in fiber art!
The Brainerd Public Library will be holding free workshops (registration required)
  • Thursday, April 3 from 9:00 - 12:00 Felted Jewelry*

  • Thursday, April 3 from 1:30 - 4:30 Crochet Flowers*

  • Friday, April 4 from 9:00 - 12:00 Kumihimo, Macramé*

  • Register for the workshops by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

    Art Aware Reception with artist Greg Rosenberg*- Friday April 4 at 6:00pm - Greg will discuss the newly installed agate pendant lights and stained glass window brought to the library by the Kitchigami Regional Library through the Legacy amendment funding. Click for: brochure and poster.

    Landscaping for Wildlife- Gardening Class-Tuesday April 8th from 12 noon to 1:00pm- Join Crow Wing County Master Gardener, Ed Feiler, for this free and informative class thanks to the U of MN Extension Office. Learn the principles and benefits of landscaping for wildlife. Habitat components will be described and an example of landscaping your yard will be presented. Register by calling the library at 829-5574.

    Poetry Slam Champion, Guante-Tuesday April 22nd-2 performances*-Hip hop artist, two time National Poetry Slam Champion, activist and educator Guante will have a workshop for ages 13-24 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Guante will introduce young people to the form of spoken word poetry through numerous dynamic examples and discussion. Please register by calling the library at 829-5574.
    Spoken word performance 7:00-8:00pm- All ages are welcome-Join Guante in this dynamic, whirlwind performance. Guante will perform some of his most popular and powerful spoken word pieces, taking on a wide range of characters, social issues and poetic styles. No registration required.

    Genealogy Conference*- Saturday, April 26 1:00-4:30pm at the Forestview Middle School - Join us for The Brainerd Public Library's Genealogy Conference on Minnesota Historical Society Resources, Minnesota Reflections' digital collections, & beyond online resources. Saturday, April 26th from 1:00-4:30pm at the Forestview Middle School, Baxter. Register today for the Genealogy Conference coming up on April 26 by calling 218-829-5574. Click for: brochure and poster.

    Regular Brainerd Public Library Events
    Family Story Time-Every Monday @ 6:30pm
    Family Story Time-Every Tuesday @ 10:15am
    Baby Story Time-Every Thursday @ 11:15am
    Family Movie Time-Thursdays @ 3:30pm
    Brainerd Adult Book Club-Second Wednesday of every month @ 2:00pm.

    For more information call the Brainerd Public Library @ 829-5574 or visit All programs are free of charge.

    *These free programs are made possible with funding from the Kitchigami Regional Library through the State of Minnesota's Legacy Amendment funds to preserve arts and cultural heritage.

    Available Services:
    Special online database services only available at the Brainerd Public Library:

    Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers

    Fax number for library: 218-829-0055
    $2/page to send; $1/page to receive

    Reference Service: The Reference Desk is staffed all hours that the Brainerd Public Library is open. Information and reference requests may be called in: 829-2906, emailed to: , or brought in to the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, please call Linda McIntosh, Reference Supervisor at 829-2906.

    Special Collections:
    Minnesota Grantmakers Online, a searchable online database of Minnesota grantmakers and grants is available. This database is only accessible at a Brainerd Public Library public computer and requires username and password login. Please ask the Reference desk staff for assistance.

    Book Club in a Bag
    This is a great resource for your local book club.

    Generally meets the first Monday of each month at 10:30am.
    In June & July, meets at 11am during the Brown Bag Lunch series.
    Used book donations accepted and appreciated throughout the year and used for the Friends Biannual Book Sale. Events and various materials provided by the Friends are free and open to the public. Visit the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's website by clicking here.

    Please consider a Friends membership - your membership will help us help to strengthen the library's collection and bring new programming and resources to the library.

    Friends of the Library Membership Application

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