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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 December Events

Books, Burgers, and Brews - Monday, November 21st We will be discussing "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. Register at:

Holiday Open House - Monday, December 5th - The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library will be holding their annual holiday open house with carolers and the award winning author Lori Evert, author of the The Christmas Wish. The day will include:
  • Lori Evert and her family's special storytme on Monday at 10:15am. They will be sharing their "Wish book series, singing Norwegian folk songs and we will be making a Christmas craft.
  • Lori and her family will also givve an author talk and slideshow at 12noon about how they made the "Wish" book series.
  • Windfall the A Cappela choir will be singing Christmas carols at 2:30pm.
  • The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library will be sharing refreshment with everyone at the library from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Garden Voices: Writers in the Garden - Tuesday, December 13 at 12noon - Writers often have wonderful gardens which are beautifully described in books and articles that offer inspiration for our personal gardening style Crow wing Master Gardener JoAnn Weaver will highlight the writing and gardens of such individuals as Beatrix Potter, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Charoltte Moss, Bunny Williams, C.Z. Guest, and other gardeneres. Call 829-5574 to register.

Crafternoon: Good Wishes Pillow - Thursday, December 8th from 2:00-3:00pm - Spend time with this month's crafter, Jenny H. to adorn/embellish and create a Good Wishes Pillow. Made from fabric scraps, these pocket-sized pillows have an essential-oil infused filling. All these items will be supplied, just bring your creativity to make a gift or something just for you. Please call the library to register at 218-829-5574. Others are welcome to drop in to color or work on your own crafts. A variety of materials will be provided by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

Christmas Wreaths - Monday, December 12th at 12noon - We'll use styrofoam and yarn and create sophisticated wreaths that will even impress Grandma. You'll want to make several to give away during the holidays. For kids ages 8-12. We'll provide all the ingredients for some delicious fun!

Looking back and forward with Jackie Thurlow- Thursday, December 15th at 12noon - This presentation reemphasizes that making lifestyle changes involves an ongoing process of "looking back" at old ways of doing things and "looking forward" toward new approaches for lifestyle change. This presentation is offered through Crow Wing Energized. Bring your own lunch and treat yourself to terrific health tips.

Santa Storytime - Monday, December 19th at 6:00pm- Come hear Santa read his favorite books at Storytime. Stay and ask him questions, write a letter and get a picture with him too. Bring your camera!!

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. We also have Jasmine our 9 year old yellow lab who will still be making special appointments to listen to kids read too!

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 baeby 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.

Start the New Year with a New Library Card- Start 2017 off by signing up to get a library card. Come find out all of the great resources that are available for free at the Brainerd Public Library.

December computer classes at the library (please register by calling 218-829-5574):

  • A class introducing Windows 10 will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 2:30-4:30pm
    Students will see the changes from earlier versions to the new Windows 10, including new menus, settings, the new Microsoft Edge browser, OneDrive cloud storage, and more. Attendees must have the ability to use a mouse and keyboard, and have some familiarity with previous versions of Windows.
  • An introduction to Microsoft Excel will be taught on Friday, December 9 from 2:30-4:30pm
    Students will learn how to create a simple, useful spreadsheet, including entering basic formulas and formatting the document for printing. Ability to use a mouse and keyboard required.
  • An introduction to the Apple iPad will be taught on Wednesday, December 14 from 9:30-11:30am
    Students will have hands-on practice with the basics, like navigating settings and finding and using apps. No previous experience is necessary.
The library will be closed Saturday, December 24 thru Monday, December 26 in observation of Christmas.

The library will be closed on Monday, January 2 in observation of New Year'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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phone: 218.587.2171 / fax: 218.587.4855