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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
Mary D., 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 2017 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

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! What a great way to stay warm. Program runs January through March.

Author and Poet Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre - Monday, March 6th @12noon Join us for our monthly Friends of the Library Brown Bag Author Series. Guante will discuss his debut book, a mixtape-style exploration of the intersections of art and social justice, A Love Sone, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry.

Crafternoons @ Your Library - Thursday, March 9th @2pm Join or guest instructor, Karla Overland, for an introduction to fabric dyeing. Students will make a simple fused bookmarrk on cardstock. Karla is the owner of Cherrywood Fabrics in Baxter. All supplies are provided for this free series for adults by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. Registration is required by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

Plant Natives Attract Pollinators Gardening Class - Tuesday, March 14th @12noon Habitat loss has had a devastating effect on native pollinators that rely on wild and semi wild areas. The growing imbalance has negative, far reaching impact on agricultural productivity. Join master gardener, Coralee Fox, who will show you that you can help while doing what you love by choosing native plants for your garden.

Author Colin Mustful - Thursday, March 16th @ 5:30pm Join us as Colin discusses his books about Minnesota frontier history, and his experience as a self-published author. Mustful's work focuses on the tragic and complicated history surrounding the largely unknown and misunderstood event of the US-Dakota War of 1862. This event is funded from the State of Minnesota with Legacy Amendment funds to preserve arts and cultural heritage.
Books, Burgers, and Brews - Monday, March 20th from 6-8pm We will be reading the novel, The Circle, by David Eggers. Visit to RSVP and pick up a copy of the book at the Brainerd Library.

Cooking With Kids Story Time - Monday, March 27th @ 6:00pm Put on an apron and cook a healthy snack with your kids. Come for story time and afterwards kids will make a fun, healthy snack. Presented along with the Brainerd Lakes Early Chidhood Coalition. No registration required. Come cook as a family!

Rainbow Science - Monday, March 20th from 3:30-4:30pm Learn like a Leprechaun and make your own rainbow. We'll use colored sugar water and create our own rainbows. Water science is awesome! Although we can't guarantee a pot of gold to go with it. No registration needed.

The library now offers free basic computer classes every month. In March library staff will teach classes on Intro to PowerPoint, Windows 10, and Intro to iPads. Call the library to register at 218-829-5574. Click here for March and April classes.

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:
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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