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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

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 June Events

Summer Reading Program Kicks Off on June 1st The Summer Reading Program is simple: You read books to earn prizes! Program registration begins on June 1st and you have until August 1st to collect your prizes. Just stop by the library to sign up for the summer reading program. As always, library programs are FREE. For details, please find us on Facebook, at or call the library at 218-829-5574. Why not "hit a homerun" this summer and enjoy the fun activities the library has planned?

Click here for a full listing of events

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Authors 2016

Click here for further description

  • June 20-Jason Good, Rock, Meet Window: A Father-Son Story

  • June 27-David Oppegaard, The Firebug of Balrog County

  • July 11-Traci Mann, Secrets From The Eating Lab

  • July 18-Faith Sullivan, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

  • July 25-Eric Dregni, Let's Go Fishing!

  • Ice Cream Story Time-Monday June 20th @ 6:00pm-Come for great stories and stay for ice cream. Thanks to our friends at the Crow Wing County Dairy Association for helping scoop and serve to help us appreciate Dairy Month!

    Paul Bunyan Storytelling-Tuesday June 21st at 10:15am*-Come see Paul Bunyan as he tells logging and legend stories. Kids will love seeing giant recreations of some authentic Paul artifacts such as Paul's baby bottle, toothpick and a giant mosquito. A great event for all ages.

    Lake Superior Zoo Mobile-Wednesday June 22nd at 2:00pm-Have some wild fun with animals from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.

    Anniversary Open House Friday, June 24- Join us from 2 to 4 pm to celebrate 30 years in our current library building! The Brainerd Public Library moved to South 5th Street (from the Carnegie building on North 7th Street) in June 1986, but did you know it was originally opened as a free public library in 1899?

    Computer Classes

    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. All classes taught using computers equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2013, unless otherwise noted. Class size limited to 9 students. Register by calling 218-829-5574.

    Saturday, June 25, 10am to 12 noon- Intro to Windows 10 - See the changes from earlier versions to the new Windows 10, including how to prepare to upgrade, new menus, settings, Microsoft Edge, and more. Ability to use mouse and keyboard, and familiarity with Windows required.

    Wednesday, June 29 9:30-11:30am- Intro to Excel - Learn to create a simple, useful spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel 2013. Ability to use a mouse and keyboard 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. Click here for a handy flyer for these classes.

    July 2016 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

    Read for the Win! Summer Reading Program is half over- We're half way through our fun summer reading program. It isn't too late to sign up and win great prizes for reading this summer. Be sure to come into the Brainerd Library and see our pet hamster Dewey too. Prizes need to be picked up by August 1st. Thanks to all local businesses, friends of the library and donors. We couldn't offer this free program to kids without you!

    Explore Robots-Wednesday July 6th at 2:00pm-Come play with and learn the basics of Sphero, BB8's "cousin". Take it for a spin! Kids ages 7-12 will learn first hand about cool STEM activities. Registration is required by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

    Read to Jasmine-Thursday July 7th-9:30-11:00am-Kids of all ages are invited to come and read their favorite book to our library reading dog. Jasmine is a gentle golden lab who loves to listen to kids read books to her. Want to read her a story? Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

    Storyteller Zaraawar Mistry- Tuesday, July 12th at 10:15am-Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture, wildlife, food and history. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute). State of Minnesota's Legacy Amendment supported event.

    Puppet Show-Tuesday July 19th @ 10:15am-Come hear the classic tale of the three little pigs come to life with a fun puppet show. Kids of all ages are welcome.

    Lilies: Aristocrats of the Garden -Gardening Class -Tuesday July 12th-12:00 noon to 1pm.
    Join Crow Wing County Master Gardener, Jennifer Knutson, as she talks about planting and care of lilies, pests and diseases, and suggestions for garden use. Lilies that grow well in our northern climate will be featured. Register by calling the library at (218)829-5574

    Wine and Words-Thursday August 11th @ Grand View Lodge-Save the date and join us for an evening of good friends, good wine, fabulous authors, and many wonderful books. Event begins at 5:30pm with social time. Tickets are selling out quickly so come to the library today to get your ticket to the Brainerd Public Library's award winning fundraiser. Or visit

    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
    Brainerd Adult Book Club-Second Wednesday of every month @ 2:00pm
    Family Movie Time-Every Wednesday @ 3:30pm

    The Brainerd Public Library will be closed on Monday July 4th.

    For more information call the Brainerd Public Library @ 829-5574 or visit

    *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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