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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 October Events

Dane Party Storytime - Monday, October 3rd at 6:00pm - Join former Brainerd graduate and children's author, Charlotte Gunnufson, for some Hip Hoppin' Halloween Fun. Charlotte will read her book, Halloween Hustle, and teach kids the official Halloween Hustle dance. Stay and make your Creature in a Cup craft. All ages are welcome.

Author Shawn Otto - Monday, October 3rd at 12 noon - Join us for our monthly Friends of the Library Brown Bag author series as Shawn Otto discusses his book, The War On Science.

Friends of the Brainerd Library Book Sale - October 6th-8th - Don't miss this popular event and stock up on great books. The book sale will be at Westgate mall. Thursday and Friday 9:00am-8:00pm. Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

Hostas from Minis to Giants - Tuesday, October 11th at 12 noon - Crow Wing Master Gardener, Jennifer Knutson, will discuss the best practices for planting, care, pest resistance and other factors important to the success of growing hostas. Suggestions for using hostas in the landscape will also be given.

Homemade Goat Milk Soap Making - Thursday, October 13th from 2:00-3:30pm - Relax and explore your creative side with other adults and teens. This month's crafter, Abbie Schramm of BandB Farm Co., will teach us how soap can be made using goat milk and other wholesome ingredients. Please call the library to register at 218-829-5574. Others are welcom to drop in to color or work on their own crafts. A variety of materials will be provided by the Friends of the Brainerd Library.

Star Wars Read Day - Saturday, October 5th - What could be as powerful as the Force? The power of reading, of course! So it makes sense to have a day to celebrate both! Stop into the library and check out your favorite Star Wars book, grab a Star Wars activity sheet, or see our display of Star Wars books.

Magic Show - Thursday, October 20th at 11:00am - Spend the day off from school watching magic! Robert the Magician will perform amazing tricks and surprises you won't want to miss. A great family event!

Make Spooky Slime - Monday, October 24th from 3:30-4:30pm Come and make some sticky and gross slime. Yuck! Just in time for Halloween. For kids ages 8-12. We'll provide all the ingredients for some disgusting fun!

Spooky Terrariums - Teen Event - Monday, October 24th from 3:30pm-4:30pm - Halloween is coming and we know this will be fun. Make Spooky Terrariums to share with everyone! Add a crow, a bat, a pinch of sparkles or two. Or some cobwebs and a spider or maybe a witch's shoe? All tweens and teens welcome.

Preventing Relapse - Thursday, October 20th at 12 noon with Jessica Waytashek. This discussion emphasizes that a lapse is a small, temporary slip in weight loss efforts, while a relapse is a return to previous habits that is associated with weight gain. Participants will learn to recognize each situation, how to handle them, and how to recover from a lapse, should one occur. This presentation is offered through Crow Wing Energized. Bring your own lunch and treat yourself to terrific health tips.

The library now offers free basic computer classes every month. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, or click here for a listing of October computer classes.

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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