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Bemidji Public Library - Directions to Library
509 America Ave. N.W.
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone (218) 751-3963 Fax (218) 333-0523
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Hours: effective June 1, 2007
Sun Closed
Mon 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Tue 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Sherilyn B., Branch Manager
Yvonne W., Library Assistant
Alice B., Library Assistant
Colleen J., Library Assistant
Mandie K., Library Assistant
Deb O., Library Assistant
Minna F., Library Assistant
Debbie T., Library Assistant
Seri S., Library Assistant
Paul W., Custodian
Jeff S., Custodian

Bemidji Library Map

Directions to Branch: From Bemidji Avenue turn on 5th Street and follow to America Avenue, building is on right, parking in front of building.

Brief History: The Bemidji Public Library was established on February 25, 1907. We joined the Kitchigami Regional Library System in 1970. We have been in our new building since May of 1995.

Behavior Policy: The Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) and the Bemidji Public Library welcome all people to use the services and facilities of the library. The Bemidji Public Library and the City of Bemidji are responsible for establishing guidelines that provide for a safe environment for library patrons, volunteers and staff. These policies should also protect the library's facilities and materials. The goal is to provide a library environment that is conducive to patrons for reading, for research, to select library materials to borrow, for writing, and for attending library programs and events.

Meeting Room:
The Front Meeting Room holds up to 50 people. You may call the library 218-751-3963 to book a date/time prior to a confirmed reservation.Procedure and policy document signed and submitted to the library is REQUIRED for final reservation. You can make a reservation online at

Upcoming Library Events and Programs:

Book Discussion
A monthly book discussion at the Bemidji Public Library is offered the second full week of the month, on Monday at noon. Everyone is welcome. "Book Club in a Bag" titles are selected each month. Please contact the library 751-3963 to reserve a copy of the book to be be discussed.The next scheduled session is on Monday, February 8. The book for discussion will be Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Come join the discussion of this riveting story.

Winter Reading Program - Snow Time to Read - January 2 through March 31, 2016
Read books and win prizes! Sign up at: to register and log your books. This program is open to all library patrons 16 years old and older. Books must be from the YA or adult areas and be read between January 2 and March 31.

Craft Night at the Library
The Bemidji Public Library is hosting a Craft Night Wednesday, February 10 at 5:30 pm. In February crafters will be working on their paper-crafting skills by making Valentine's Day cards. Materials for this craft will be provided. If card making is not for you, that's okay. Just bring whatever project you're currently working on and join the fun.

TDI's Tailwaggin' Tutors Reading Program at the Bemidji Public Library
A team of registered therapy dogs are looking for someone to read to them at the Bemidji Public Library! If you are elementary school age and would like to work on your reading skills, we hope that you will participate in our monthly library program. The next program will be on Saturday, February 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. This will run concurrently with the library's morning storytime which will be at 10:30 am.

Therapy Dogs International's Tailwaggin' Tutors utilizes therapy dogs that have been trained and tested for health, safety, appropriate skills and temperament. When these special animals come to hear children read - it's fun! Kids participating in the program make enormous strides in reading and communication skills while, along the way, building self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

For advance registration, simply come in to the library or call 751-3963 to register for one of the 15 minute reading sessions. Parent-signed permission form is required. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as there may not be open sessions for drop-in attendance. Children attending the program receive a free book and a picture of their therapy dog.

We look forward to seeing you at our next Tailwaggin' Tutors event!

Family Game Day at the Library
The Bemidji Public Library will be hosting a family game day Saturday, February 20 from 2:00-5:00 pm. There will be many classic and contemporary board games to choose from. Do you have a favorite board game at home? Bring it with and teach others to play!

A Night at the Oscars at the Library
Bring your family to the Bemidji Public Library for a night at the Oscar's Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 pm. In celebration of the upcoming Academy Awards the library will be showing one of the movies currently up for Best Animated Picture. This event is free and suitable for all ages.

Children Events and Programs:

Regular Weekly Events:
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. - Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds
Wednesday at 10:30 am - Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds
Thursday at 10:30 a.m. - Lapsit for 2 year olds with an adult lap
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. - Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds

B.A.R.C. Reading Program
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) continue to visit the library once a month. Simply come into the library or call 751-3963 to register for one of the 15 minute reading sessions with one of the certified dogs. Parent-signed permission forms are required. The next program TBA.

Other Items of Interest About the Bemidji Public Library:

Local Library Board Meetings:
Library Board meets in the front meeting room on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Local Library Board Minutes

Book Donations to the Bemidji Public Library

Art and Sculpture at the Bemidji Public Library:
The Library participates in the First Friday Art Walk which is sponsored by the BCAC.

The Bemidji Public Library Board also has several pieces of sculpture that adorn the front gardens. The delightful sculpture “A Little Bird” is on permenant display in front of the library near the main entrance off of 5th St. Northwest in Bemidji. The sculpture was created by artist Julie Jones of Fort Collins, Colorado. It first came to the Library as part of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. It was then purchased with funds from the Friends of the Library, the Bemidji Garden Club and a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council. The other sculpture "Celestial Orbit" that is also along the front gardens, was created by and donated to the Library by Bemidji Sculptor Suzi Rhae Ross. Every month the Art Wall has a new display from a local artist. This art exhibit is in collaboration with Gallery North, and is one of many locations in Bemidji's "First Friday Art Walk". Artists are encouraged to contact Ron Lyman 218-766-4486, the coordinator for the Library's art wall, to learn more about how they might be able to have their work on display at the Library.

Technology Services:
Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers


Friends of the Bemidji Public Library operate the Red Door Bookstore in the Bemidji Public Library at 509 America Avenue, Bemidji. It is open to the public and staffed by Friends volunteers. Merchandise includes quality used books, sound recordings, and videos at prices from 10¢ to $6.00.
Tuesday 10:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 12:30 - 4:30
Thursday 10:30 - 4:30
Friday 12:30 - 4:30
Saturday 10:30 - 3:00

To join the Friends, fill out an application, make your check payable to the Friends of the Library and mail to: PO Box 1151, Bemidji, MN 56619. Annual dues support library programs and help to purchase books for the library. Membership levels are:
Student/Senior - $5
Individual - $8
Family - $15
Business -$30
Supporting - $100
Lifetime - $300

For information on volunteer opportunities stop by the Red Door Bookstore or contact Sharon Geisen at
The Friends Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 10am in the Red Door Bookstore and is open to visitors.

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