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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
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Brainerd Public Library

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
Darcy D., Library Assistant
Jayne D., Library Assistant
Laurel H., Library Assistant
Diane S., Library Assistant
Jenny H., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Emily I., Library Assistant
Carol C., Library Assistant
Lindsey S., 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:

Check out the Brainerd Public Library's Newsletter HERE

The library holds Gardening Presentations from the University of Minnesota Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners. CLICK HERE to see the 2015 schedule. Register by calling the library at (218)829-5574.

November 2015 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

The Brainerd Public Library will be closed Wednesday November 11th for Veterans Day.

Brainerd Adult Book Club - Wednesday, November 18 @ 2pm - Join us for a discussion of The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Set in New York City during the early decades of the 20th century, this is a passionate, magical love story. Read more about the book here. Copies are available at the front desk. No sign up required, just show up for snacks and great conversation.

Thursday, November 19 @ 6pm - Tiny House Enthusiast Beth Ann "B.A." Norrgard will have her hand-built 112 square foot home at the Library, give home tours, and speak about her transition to living tiny, her sustainable lifestyle and dream for urban tiny house communities. She is a passionate advocate for being free to live a larger life in a smaller space, and lives by example. She blogs regularly at A Bed Over My Head.

Crow Wing Energized - Thursday, November 19 @ 12 noon - Join the Chair of the Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates (LAMAA), Amanda Mithun, to learn the basics of dementia. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America initiated a National Memory Screening program to promote early detection of memory problems. Each year National Memory Screening Day is in November. Amanda will discuss the 10 signs of dementia and resources that are available for screening and more.

Free Computer Classes: No pressure, no judgement - just the guidance you want to get connected.

Thursday, November 5, 2:30-4:30pm Intro to Microsoft Word 2013 - Type & edit a letter using Word tools and features. Learn about saving and sending files via email. Ability to use mouse to click and scroll required.

Thursday, November 12, 2:30-4:30pm Intro to Excel 2013 - Learn to use a spreadsheet to create a basic budget. Ability to use mouse required.

Wednesday, November 18, 1:30-3:30pm Computer Basics - Get started on a computer. Learn to use a mouse, how to save and manipulate basic file types, and search the internet safely. No experience needed.

Please call the library at 829-5574 and ask for the reference desk to set up a time. Class sizes are limited to 10 participants. Click here for a handy flyer for these classes. The technology used in these classes was funded by a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation.

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-Every Wednesday @ 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.

The Brainerd Public Library has a viewer with large flat-screen monitor to increase the size of materials. Patrons can use the machine to increase the size of magazines, newspapers, books and more. The machine is located by the References Desk. Many thanks to Brainerd Lions and Baxter Lions for the donation for this machine with the assistance of the Nisswa Lions.

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

Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers

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:
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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310 2nd St North, P.O. Box 84, Pine River, Minnesota 56474
phone: 218.587.2171 / fax: 218.587.4855