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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

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 September Events

September is Library Card Sign up Month - If you don't have a Brainerd Publlic Library card, September is a great time to get one. Gain access to all kinds of free things at your local library. Kids 10 and under that sign up for a new card in September can pick out a free book to bring home. Remember that a library card is the most important school supply kids need as they head back to school. Library cards are FREE and bring you a world of opportunity no matter what your age.

Intro to iPads - Wednesday, September 7, 9:30-11:30am - Learn the basics, like navigating settings and finding and using apps. Try one out before you invest. No experience required. Register by calling 829-5574

Computer Basics - Friday, September 9, 2:30-4:30pm - Get started on a computer. Learn to use a mouse, identify the parts of a computer, and begin to search the internet safely. No experience needed. Register by calling 829-5574

2nd Thursday Fundraiser - Thursday, September 8, 5:00-7:00pm at Prairie Bay in Baxter. Support the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library at Prairie Bay. Prairie Bay will provide a light hors d'oeuvres and Cash Wise of Baxter will provide a variety of wine samples. For a minimum donation to the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, you can enjoy a night of good food, great drinks, and learn about the Friends too. All of the proceeds collected go to the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

Crafternoon on September 8th at 2:00pm Crafternoons will now be held on the second Thursday of every month at the Brainerd Public Library. Bring your own projects or chat with others about theirs. It is a time to relax and explore your creative side with other adults who share your love of arts and crafts of all kinds -- including coloring! A variety of materials will be provided by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

Gifts from the Garden - Tuesday, September 13th at noon - Join Crow Wing Master Gardener Maureen Norman as she discusses how to use your garden to make gifts. Your garden can be a great source of lovely flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs from which to make wonderful gifts to give to yourself or to a friend. Flavored oils and vinegars, fragrant herb bundles, jams and jellies; they can all be found on the long list of possibilities. This presentation will provide you with an incredible number of ideas on how to enjoy and share the bounty of your harvest. Call 829-5574 to register.

Windows 10 - Wednesday, September 14, 9:30-11:30am - See the changes from earlier versions to the new Windows 10, including new menus, setting, the Edge browser, OneDrive, and more. Ability to use mouse and keyboard, and familiarity with previous versions of Windows required. Register by calling 829-5574.

Stress and Time Management - Thursday, September 15 at noon with Kathryn Pietz. Explore the causes of stress and how people deal with stress. Participants will learn ways of reducing stress by streamlining their physical activity, making time to relax, getting plenty of sleep, and having a good laugh. Brainstorm ways to improve your time-management. This presentation is offered through Crow Wing Energized. Bring your own lunch and treat yourself to terrific health tips.

Native Pride Arts - Thursday, September 15 at 6:00pm - Celebrate the spirit and beauty of indigenous peoples through modern and traditional Native American dance with the Native Pride Arts performance company. This Legacy* program is free to all; no registration is required.

Rose Ensemble - Monday, September 19 at noon - Join the Rose Ensemble as they discuss their program "Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land" that will be performed that evening (September 19) at 7pm at the CLC. This Legacy* program is free to all; no registration is required.

Lego Boat Building - Monday, September 19 at 3:30pm- For kids agess 8-12. Can you build a boat that actually floats? We'll test it in water. There will be prizes too!

Your Energized Year - Brainerd Public Library is coordinating with Crow Wing Energized to offer weekly Lunch and Learn classes every Thursday @ 12:00 noon at the library. Bring your own lunch and treat yourself to terrific health tips. Call the library for more information. Click Here for a listing of events.

The library now offers free basic computer classes every month. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, visit or call the library to register at (218) 829-5574

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 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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