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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

Brainerd Photo

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
Maria S., 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:
May 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.

Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program starts June 1st-Join us as we get jazzed about books this summer to celebrate our theme "Read to the Rhythm". Kids from babies to teens are invited to take part in our annual program. We'll strum up stories, music, crafts and more! Make books instrumental this summer and earn great prizes. Registration starts June 1st and runs through July 25th

Friends of the Library Children's Used Book Sale-June 4th and 5th-Our popular book sale will have only children and teen books. Come stock up on great books for the entire family. Maybe you'll find a great classic too! Thursday June 4th 3:00pm-8:00pm. Friday June 5th 10:00am-3:00pm.

"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 June 1st, June 15th and June 29th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 829-5574.

Family Book Club-Monday May 18th @ 4:00pm-Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus. 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 as a family and make fun crafts. Snacks too! Family Book Club is a great way to foster a lifetime of reading in your family.

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults (formerly Asperger's Syndrome) Thursday May 21 @ 12 noon- Join us as Claribel Severson, MA, LPCC gives an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, the latest research, information on diagnosis and interventions and more. 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. No registration necessary.

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch - June Authors:
--June 1, 12:00pm- Author Beth Hautala-Waiting for Unicorns
--June 8, 12:00pm-Author Lorna Landvik-Best to Laugh
--June 15, 12:00pm-Author Paul Radomski-Lakeshore Living
--June 22, 12:00pm-Author Shawn Lawrence Otto-Sins of our Fathers
--June 29, 12:00pm-Author Lin Enger-The High Divide

Alliums- Too Pretty for the Vegetable Garden- Gardening Class-Tuesday June 9th from 12 noon to 1:00pm- Join Crow Wing County Master Gardener, Coralee Fox, for this free and informative gardening class. Alliums belong to the onion family, but are some of the showiest flowering plants available for your flower beds. They are easy to grow, come in a wide range of colors, and in all sizes. This class will focus on some of the alliums you love and introduce some that you may not know about. Register by calling the library at 829-5574.

Author Julie Klassen-Wednesday June 24th @ 12:00 noon*-If you love romance, British accents, Jane Eyre or anything Jane Austin, then you will like award winning Julie Klassen. She has won three Christy Awards for Historical Romance and a Midwest Book Award. All are welcome and no registration is required.

Genealogy Conference-Saturday May 16th-1:00-4:30pm*-Join us at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter for our Fourth Annual genealogy conference. 3 experts will speak on finding your female ancestors, accessing military records and a fresh update on the best websites for expanding your research. Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574. CLICK HERE for brochure.

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 changes 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. 218-829-5574.

Let's Make It Okay presented by NAMI- Monday, May 18 @ 12 noon - 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. No registration necessary.

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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phone: 218.587.2171 / fax: 218.587.4855