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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
Darcy D., Library Assistant
Jayne D., Library Assistant
Laurel H., Library Assistant
Diane S., Library Assistant
Jenny H., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Maria S., 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:

July 2015 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

Check out the Brainerd Public Library's Newsletter HERE

Wine and Words Fundraiser - Thursday August 13th
Tickets are selling out quickly so come to the library today to get your ticket to the Brainerd Public Library's award winning fundraiser Wine and Words or visit

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.

Growing and Propagating Dahlias - Gardening Class - Tuesday August 11th from 12:00 noon to 1pm.
Join Crow Wing County Master Gardener, Jackie Burkey, for this free and informative class thanks to the U of MN Extension Office. Jackie will tell you how to choose, grow, and propagate dahlias to give your garden nonstop color from midsummer until frost. Register by calling the library at 829-5574.

Brainerd Public Library's Summer Reading Program - Read to the Rhythm- You still have through July 24 to take part in the Brainerd Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Activities will include presentations, crafts and story times as well as prizes and games for all ages.

"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 July 27th, Monday August 10th, and Monday August 24th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 829-5574.

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch Author Series
All events are free and open to the public
Mondays at nooon at the Brainerd Public Library
--July 13, 12:00pm- Author Julia Lee-Seven Stones
--July 20, 12:00pm-Author Shelly Boyum-Breen-Shelly Bean the Sports Queen Plays Basketball
--July 27, 12:00pm-Author Ann Bauer-Forgiveness 4 You

How Healthy Are We?: Crow Wing County Health Survey Results - Thursday, July 16 @ 12 noon - The Crow Wing County Health Survey was developed by Crow Wing Energized and the Minnesota Department of Health with the assistance of Essentia Health and Crow Wing County public health staff. Join us as we discuss the interesting results. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This presentation is part of the Making Healthy Choices series that is a collaboration with Brainerd Public Library, area organizations, and Crow Wing Energized that focus on various aspects of health and wellness in our community. No registration necessary.

Home Health Care - Living Life to the Fullest - Thursday, August 20 from 12:00 noon to 1pm
Learn about how home care assists individuals to remain in their homes for as long as they can by promoting health and independence for clients of all ages while offering support and respite for their loved ones. Good Samaritan Home Care who services the Brainerd Lakes area and surrounding communities can help clients recover from surgery, illness or injury. This presentation is part of the Making Healthy Choices series that is a collaboration with Brainerd Public Library, area organizations, and Crow Wing Energized that focus on various aspects of health and wellness in our community. No registration necessary.

Family Book Club - Monday, July 20 @ 4:00pm Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is the story of a fifth grader, Auggie, who is going to mainstream school for the first time. Auggie was born with a facial deformity, but as the author says "he's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face." A moving and challenging read for kids and parents alike that deals with bullying, self-confidence, and making friends in a new school. Read more about the book here. Our book club is for kids ages 8-12 and their parents/guardians. 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 as a family and make fun crafts. Snacks too! Family Book Club is a great way to foster a lifetime of reading in your family.

Free Computer Help with Book a Librarian!
No pressure, no judgement -just the guidance you want to get connected. One hour sessions by appointment.
Wednesday July 8, 9:00-11:00am
Friday July 17, 2:00-4:00pm
Monday July 20, 3:00-5:00pm
Wednesday July 22, 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday July 29, 9:00-11:00am

Did you recently get a laptop, iPad, tablet, smartphone, Kindle Fire or other eReader? Would you like help getting started with the library's collection of eBooks, digital audiobooks or digital magazines? Do you need help with a particular problem on your tablet or laptop? Book an appointment for one-on-one help from friendly library staff members. Please call the library at 829-5574 and ask for the reference desk to set up a time.

The technology used in these classes was funded by a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation.

Goodbye Zinio, Hello Flipster!
As of July 1 digital magazines in the Kitchigami Library System (including Brainerd Public Library) will be available through a new service called Flipster. Like the previous service, Zinio, Flipster will offer a great variety of magazine titles. In addition, Time and People will be included. Watch the Kitchigami website for details on using this new service.

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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phone: 218.587.2171 / fax: 218.587.4855