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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 - 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
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
Lindsey S., 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:

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

Winter 2016 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

Please note that the library will change its hours beginning Monday, February 29th. Our new hours will be: Monday - Thursday 9am-7:30pm, Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

As of Monday, February 29th, Monday Evening Storytime will be at 6:00pm! Please join us for great stories and crafts.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb 15 in honor of Presidents' Day.

Free Tax-Aide at the Brainerd Public Library - Tax help is available for middle- and low-income residents of Crow Wing County Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-5pm. Call 218-829-5574 to make an appointment.

Winter Reading Program - There's still plenty of time to sign up for monthly drawings, book reviews and, best of all, chocolate rewards. Join the Snow Time to Read adult winter reading program by signing up at the checkout desk.

Your Energized Year- Brainerd Public Library is coordinating with Crow Wing Energized to offer weekly Lunch & Learn classes every Thursday @ noon at the Library. Bring your own lunch and treat yourself to terrific health tips!

  • Thursday, Feb 18 at 12noon Join Certified Lifestyle Coach, Jessica Waytashek, Will help jump start your lifestyle change and provide simple ways to have the healthy choice be the easy choice!

  • Thursday, Feb 25 at 12noon Join Heather Erickson, Crosby Regional Medical Center - Registered Dietitian will help us understand "Fad Diets"

  • Thursday, March 3 at 12noon Teresa Farrell, Essentia Health Dietitian will help us create "Menu Makeovers"

  • Computer Classes - Intro to Windows 10 - Friday, February 26, 2:30-4:30pm - See the changes from earlier versions to the new Windows 10, including how to prepare to upgrade, new menus, settings, and more. Ability to use mouse to click and scroll required. Register by calling 218-829-5574

    Legomania Monday, Feb 22nd @ 3:30 Take a break and build with our Legos. We'll put your masterpieces on display at the library. Come and show us your building ability. Bring your friends! For kids ages 8-12 - once a month on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm - Ask for a full schedule

    "Paws" to read with Jasmine-We have a new reading dog. Jasmine is an 8 year old yellow lab. She loves to listen to stories and as well as give a few wet kisses too. Whether you're a strong or struggling reader Jasmine loves to hear kids read stories. Want to read to her? Call the library to find out when Jasmine will be there (218) 829-5574.

    Lettuce and Salad Greens in Your Garden - Tuesday, March 8 at 12noon with Master Gardener, Tracey Srock. Lettuce and salad greens are easy to grow and good for you. They can be grown indoors and/or outside for most of the year. This presentation will discuss variety selection, site preparation, maintenance, and harvesting.

    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.

    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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