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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
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 6:00 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 June Events

Summer Reading Program Kicks Off on June 1st The Summer Reading Program is simple: You read books to earn prizes! Program registration begins on June 1st and you have until August 1st to collect your prizes. Just stop by the library to sign up for the summer reading program. As always, library programs are FREE. For details, please find us on Facebook, at or call the library at 218-829-5574. Why not "hit a homerun" this summer and enjoy the fun activities the library has planned?

Click here for a full listing of events

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Authors 2016

Click here for further description

  • June 6-Karen Babine, Water And What We Know

  • June 13-Lucie Amundsen, Locally Laid

  • June 20-Jason Good, Rock, Meet Window: A Father-Son Story

  • June 27-David Oppegaard, The Firebug of Balrog County

  • July 11-Traci Mann, Secrets From The Eating Lab

  • July 18-Faith Sullivan, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

  • July 25-Eric Dregni, Let's Go Fishing!

  • 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.

  • 5/26/2016 Brenda Myers presents "Make Social Cues Work for You"

  • 6/2/2016 Donn Beaubien presents "Stress: What Eats You?

  • 6/9/2016 Jackie Thurlow presents "Moving Forward with Your Energized Year"

  • Paul Bunyan - Loggin' Legends & Lore!, on Tues, June 21st at 10:15am Fast, fun and fact filled, exciting and outrageous tales from the Paul Bunyan legend. Kids will love seeing giant recreations of some authentic Paul artifacts such as Paul's baby bottle, toothpick and a giant mosquito from Paul's famous tale of "The Giant Mosquitobees!"

    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

    The library will be closed Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.

    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 @ (218) 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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