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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
Diane S., Library Assistant
Jenny H., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Maria S., 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:
March 2015 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

Check out the Brainerd Public Library's Newsletter HERE

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.

Cooking with Kids Story time-Monday March 23rd @ 6:30 pm-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. Adults will also get a parent education time. Presented by the Brainerd Lakes Early Childhood Coalition. No registration required. Come cook as a family!

What is Hospice?-Thursday March 19th from noon to 1:00pm-Good Samaritan Society Home Care Hospice Director Donnie Anderson and Hospice Liaison Mary Fedor will discuss topics such as: what hospice is, hospice philosophy of care and hospice services. Join us to get a better understanding of hospice care and ask questions. No registration required.

The Write Basics Conference-Saturday March 21st from 1:00pm to 4:30pm*-Come listen to great authors speak and inspire you to help continue your writing journey. Event will be held at the Brainerd American Legion Post 255. Registration is required. Call the library at 829-5574.

Memoir Workshop for Adults-Saturday March 28th-10:00am-1:00pm or 2:00pm to 5:00pm*-Create a written legacy of your life. In this 3 hour workshop, you will be guided through supportive journaling techniques to create "captured moments" of important life events. At the end of the class, you will have a collection of stories and the know how to continue your legacy writing. Choose one of the two sessions. Register by calling the library at 829-5574.

Family Book Club-Monday March 30th @ 4:00pm-Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde. 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.

No Deer! Not my Garden Tonight- Gardening Class-Tuesday April 14th from 12 noon to 1:00pm- Join Crow Wing County Master Gardener, JoAnn Weaver, for this free and informative class thanks to the U of MN Extension Office. You plant, you weed, and finally, you feel so good about how your garden looks..then…one night it's all gone! The deer move in and take whatever they want. This presentation will cover deer resistant plant selection, deer facts, and deer defense. Register by calling the library at 829-5574.

Do you have local historical photos? Turn your past pictures into part of Brainerd Lakes Area history!*- The Brainerd Public Library would like to scan: Recent and old photographs and documents, buildings and people, city scenes, 371 corridor change and postcards. These items will be scanned for historical and archival purposes. If you're interested in sharing your photos, please call the library for a scanning appointment. 829-5574.

Suicide Prevention Education by Mary Marana- Thursday, April 16 from 12 Noon - 1:00pm. Join us to get a better understanding of how to see the signs of depression and suicidal thought. This presentation is part of the Making Healthy Choices noon 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.

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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