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Great River Regional Library

Thirty-two branch libraries. Nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs and 250 public computers. One really great system providing materials, computers, programming and information services to almost 450,000 residents. Welcome to your Great River Regional Library!

Our service to you starts with our great staff. Our staff is here to assist you, from advising you on what to read next to searching online databases. We invite you to get to know your library staff, and get to know our great service. You may also read the library's Annual Report for information about library activities over the last year.

Free Library Cards

People living in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties are eligible for a free GRRL library card. Apply for your free library card by presenting at any branch library your completed library card application and identification with your current address information. Your GRRL card can be used in virtually any Minnesota public library. It’s the most important card you’ll ever get for free!

Our Collection is Your Collection

Apply for your free library card, and then use it to check out nearly 1 million items from any GRRL branch library. Our collection features books and more books -- nonfiction, reference, fiction, best sellers and popular reading, young adult, children's, and large print. You can also access our Digital Library, with books, audiobooks and magazines free of charge to download. We’ve enhanced the collection with magazines, newspapers, audio books, databases, music, movies and much more. Browse our online catalog to see everything available to you.

Much More Than Books

When you visit one of our 32 branch libraries, ask about our many other services: Ask a Librarian information assistance, public Internet computers, business services, online databases, wireless Internet service, book selection advice, the educator request form, tours, language learning software, genealogy resources, and library events. See the services catalog for more information.

Our Vision

The Neighborhood Gateway: Inspiring Central Minnesota to shape the future through exploration, knowledge and connection.

Our Mission

Explore. Learn. Connect.

Our Plan

Great River's Strategic Plan for 2016 - 2020 was approved by the Board of Trustees.

Our Service Area

On September 25, 1969, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) was formed, creating a regional public library system with Benton, Morrison, Stearns, and Wright counties. It has expanded to include library service in Sherburne and Todd counties. We now serve 115,000 registered borrowers in a 5,000 square mile area of Central Minnesota.

Within these six counties we provide library services and programs in 32 branch libraries. View our service map to find the location nearest you:

Albany           Cold Spring         Little Falls        Royalton
Annandale Delano Long Prairie St. Cloud
Becker Eagle Bend Melrose St. Michael
Belgrade Elk River Monticello Sauk Centre
Big Lake Foley Paynesville Staples
Buffalo Grey Eagle Pierz Swanville
Clearwater Howard Lake Richmond Upsala
Cokato Kimball Rockford Waite Park

Our Board of Trustees

GRRL is a joint powers organization with six member counties of Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright. Each county provides representatives for the GRRL Board of Trustees, and the Board develops and administers one comprehensive budget (2016) for the system. Meeting minutes are also available.

Our Funding

GRRL depends on a funding partnership between government agencies and private donors to remain a recognized source of knowledge and information in serving Central Minnesota. Our six member counties provide the primary funding for GRRL staff, services and programs. Thirty-two area cities are our partners in providing the physical library building which host GRRL library services and from which our staff welcome the public. Additional essential funding is provided by local, state and federal funds such as the Library Services and Technology Act, and by contributions from individuals and organizations.

Tell Us How We’re Doing

Tell us how we can improve your library experience! Use our convenient online feedback form, or contact us at:

Karen Pundsack
Executive Director
Great River Regional Library
1300 W. St. Germain St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Email the Director

We welcome all of your comments and suggestions.