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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:

2014 Brainerd Public Library Events - Discoveries

The Brainerd Public Library will be celebrating "All Things Scandinavian" in October and November 2014. We will have events on Scandinavian dance and music, Sami-Inspired bracelet workshops, Scandinavian genealogy, Scandinavian cuisine, Scandinavian history, rosmaling classes, design workshops and more! Click here for a full listing of our events.

September is Library Card Sign up Month - If you don't have a Brainerd Public Library card September is a great time to get one. Gain access to all kinds of free things at your local library. Kids 10 and under that sign up for a new card in September can pick out a free book to bring home. Remember that a library card is the most important school supply kids need as they head back to school. Library cards are FREE and bring you a world of opportunity no matter what your age.

"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 September 22nd, Monday October 6th and Monday October 20th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Friends of the Library Book Sale September 25th-27th - 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

Banned Book Week September 21st-27th - Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Catcher in the Rye. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading your favorite banned book during Banned Book Week Sept 21st-27th.

Growing and Using Gourds-Gardening Class-Tuesday October 14th @ 12:00 noon - Join Master Gardener Deb Hoffmann for this hour long presentation. Deb will cover basic information about growing and using gourds successfully. Register by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Family Book Club-Monday September 22nd @ 4:00pm - Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. 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. Ask about it today!

Star Wars Read Day October 11th 1:30pm-3:30pm - Come to the library and make your own light saber and watch hilarious Star Wars parodies on the big screen. Star Wars games and snacks too! Also look to our Facebook page for Jedi wisdom on Star Wars books and share your own favorite Star Wars book too. Take pictures with Darth Vader from 1:30 to 2:30pm, all ages welcome.

Norwegian Music and Dance with Ole Olsson's Oldtime Orkestra Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:00pm - A group of four dancers/musicians in traditional dress will play performance music, demonstrate Scandinavian folk dance styles, and teach simple folk dance steps to attendees. Find more great programs from "All Things Scandinavian" at the Brainerd Public Library's Facebook page.

The Brainerd Public Library now holds free regular basic computer classes. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, visit or call 829-5574.

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
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 program is 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