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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 - 7:30 p.m.
Tue 9:00 a.m - 7:30 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m - 7:30 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m - 7:30 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
Jessica W., Library Assistant
Nancy H., 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 6:00 pm and every Tuesday at 10:15 am
Every Third Wednesday of the month at 11:15am *New

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

To see the 2016 Crow Wing Master Gardener Monthly Presentations click HERE

Brainerd Public Library's great monthly programming for ages 8 up -- HERE

Brainerd Public Library February Events

February is I Love to Read Month - It's a great time to check out your favorite book or try a new author. Kids, be sure to stop by the library and tell us what your favorite book is and register to win fun books! Make February your month to read.

Read to Shadow the Read Dog on Thursdays - Come and read to Shadow. Shadow is a 4 year old collie that loves to listen to kids read to him. Call the library to sign up to read to Shadow. (218)829-5574.

ECFE comes to the library on Thursdays from 11am-12noon - Join us for fun classes for preschool age children with an ECFE teacher. Bring your little one to baby storytime Thursdays at 11:15am while your older kids experience learning new things with an Early Childhood Family Education teacher. Every Thursday when school is in session.

Snow Time to Read - Adult Reading Program - Sign up to read this winter and win great prizes! The first prize is a homemade chocolate from our favorite local chocolate shop, Fancy Pants Chocolates! What a great way to stay warm. Program runs January through March.

Catapult Fun - Monday, January 23rd from 3:30-4:30pm - Come and make your own catapult and see what it takes to aim your marshmallows in the perfect bulls-eye. For kids ages 8-12. Join us every month all year long for Imagination Mondays. No registration needed.

Multicultural Children's Book Day - Friday, January 27th Stop into the library for a list of great books that celebrate diversity in children's literature. We'll help you find a great book!

Brown Bag Author Series - Monday, February 6th @12noon Join the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library to meet author Mark Munger. He will be talking about his latest book Boomtown. This popular series will continue the first Monday of every month.

Books, Burgers, and Brews - Monday, February 20th from 6-8pm This book club meets at Prairie Bay in Baxter. We will be reading the The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins. Click here for more information.

Crafternoons @ Your Library - Thursday, February 9th @2pm Join our guest instructor, Luann R., for an introduction to making cards. All supplies are provided for this free series for adults by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. Registration is requested. Please call 218-829-5574.

Crow Wing Master Gardener Class, Lettuce and salad greens for your garden - Tuesday, February 14th @ 12noon Lettuce and salad greens come in a variety of choices, they're easy to grow, and they're good for you. They can be grown indoors and/or outside for most of the year. Master gardener, Tracey Srock, will discuss variety selection, site preparation, maintenance, and harvesting of greens.
Registration is requested by calling the library at 218-829-5574

Brainerd Adult Book Club - Wednesday, February 8th @1pm In Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson uses newly uncovered sources to bring Rosemary Kennedy's story to light. Please join our discussion. Books can be picked up at the front desk.

Computer Classes - Register by calling 218-829-5574.

  • Wednesday, February 8th from 9-11am - Intro to iPads Learn the basics, like navigating settings and finding and using apps. Try one out before you invest. No experience needed.
  • Wednesday, February 15th from 9-11am - Drive, Disk, or Cloud?: Saving Digital "Stuff" Our lives are increasingly stored on our computers and devices--where do we put it all? And just what is "the cloud" exactly? Basic familiarity with computers and file types required.
  • Thursday, February 23rd from 2:30-4:30pm - Windows 10 Part 2 Learn about the Microsoft Edge browser and OneDrive cloud storage service. Ability to use mouse and keyboard, and some familiarity with previous versions of Windows required.

Please call the library at 829-5574 and ask for the reference desk to sign up. Class sizes are limited to 9 participants and fill quickly. The technology used in these classes was funded by a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation.

Imagination Mondays: Candy Heart Oobleck - Monday, February 27 @ 3:30pm Oobleck is a cool thing! You can pick it up like a solid and it flows like a liquid. We'll make it and add conversation hearts. You'll LOVE this activity. For kids ages 8-12. No registration needed.

Holiday Closings- The library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in honor of President's Day.

Regular Brainerd Public Library Events
Family Story Time-Every Monday @ 6:00pm
Family Story Time-Every Tuesday @ 10:15am
Baby Story Time-Every Thursday @ 11:15am
Family Story Time-Third Wednesday of every month @ 11:15am **NEW**
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.

*This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art 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.

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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