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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 Summer Events

Intro to Email - Thursday July 28 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. - Learn the terminology and tools you can use to create and reply to emails, then set up an account of your own. Ability to use mouse and keyboard required. Register by calling 829-5574

Civil War, August 1 at 12noon - Join us as Caleb Curfman tells the story of three years the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment spent defending the nation they loved and their selfless stand which saved the Union line, when they achieved the seemingly impossible.

Classical Music for Kids - Friday, August 5 at 11am - Join us as the Lakes Area Music Festival performs Camille Saint-SaŽns's The Carnival of Animals at the Brainerd Public Library. This is a free program and all ages are welcome, Many thanks to the Lakes Area Music Festival!

Read for the Win!! Our Summer Reading Program was a huge success!!- It was a fun 8 weeks of reading and programs. Almost 1,100 kids signed up to read during summer vacation. Way to go!! Be sure to come in and see Dewey, our library hamster too. Thanks to all local businesses, friends of the library and donators. We couldn't offer this free program to kids without you! Congrats to all readers for a great job of reading this summer!

Trees: Choose Wisely and Plant Properly-Gardening Class-Tuesday August 9th @ 12:00 noon - What tree should you choose? How big should it be? What is the best way to plant it? How do you take care of your new planting for the first year? Join master gardener Jackie Burkey and learn the latest research to guarantee a leafy success. Register by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Wine and Words at Grand View Lodge - August 11 - This event is sold out. For more information visit

Creative Writing Kickstart Workshop with award winning author Alison McGhee on Friday, August 12 from 9am-12pm - This workshop is currently full. To be placed on a waiting list call 218-829-5574.

Create and Color-Monday August 15th from 3:30-4:30pm - This isn't your average coloring like you did in preschool. Kids will color some cool intricate designs or create some of their own. You'll want to hang these in your locker! For kids ages 8-12.

Healthy Eating, Taking It One Meal at a Time - Thursday, August 18 at 1:00pm Join Billie Linstad & Julie Florell as we discuss how skipping meals can actually work against weight loss goals. This session explores strategies for thinking ahead and planning healthy meals and snacks that have less fat and fewer calories.

September is Library Card Sign up Month - If you don't have a Brainerd Public 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.

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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