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Library News and Events

Did you know?
digital checkout slips are here!

When you borrow materials from the library, we generate a receipt for you. While the paper options is still available, Grand Marais Public Library is proud to offer a digital checkout receipt option, too.

The e-receipt shows the same information as before but sends it directly to your email inbox. Some patrons love this option because it helps reduce paper waste and ink consumption. Others, especially parents checking out stacks of books for their family members, appreciate having everything in one spot and forgoing the lengthy printout.

Would you like to make the switch? Ask a staff member, or log into the online catalog to change your account settings.


We're hiring:

Part time library clerk

The Grand Marais Public Library is seeking a part time Library Clerk. When you share your excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, interest in libraries, and technology skills with the library, you help inspire a sense of community belonging in Cook County. You also encourage literacy and support the lifelong love of learning. Starting wage is $18.42 per hour. Job description and application forms are available at www.ci.grand-marais.mn.us/apply.

Full Time Librarian 1

The Grand Marais Public Library is seeking candidates for a Librarian I position, which supports the successful operation of the library by performing a broad range of services for the public starting with direct customer service at the front desk and leading up to assisting with long range planning.

The Librarian I may develop and facilitate programs, maintain the library’s social media platforms, create publicity and marketing materials, and classify and catalog library materials.

Starting wages are $20.45 with a robust benefits package. Visit the City of Grand Marais website for details about the position and to download the application forms.


We offer self-service printing, photocopying, scanning

Grand Marais Public Library provides the public self-service access to a photocopier, printer, and scanner for small scale jobs.
  • Scanning to your own flashdrive: FREE
  • Black and white copies: 20¢ per side
  • Color copies: 80¢ per side
When printing more than 100 sheets, or many professional-quality posters, please use an online service or professional printer. Paper Hog, ProPrint, Arrowhead Printing are a few that other community members have recommended. 

Library Board of Trustees' meeting

The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 PM. The meetings, held at City Hall Council Chambers, are open to the public. Please join us!
  • Thursday, March 23
  • Thursday, April 27
  • Thursday, May 25
  • Thursday, June 22
  • Thursday, July 27
  • Thursday, August 24
  • Thursday, Sept 28
  • Thursday, October 26
  • Due to holidays, November and December meeting dates will be scheduled for a different time and/or day.
The City of Grand Marais' Council Chambers is located at 15 N Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604. Meetings are streamed live and archived on the City's YouTube channel.


creative bug resources

Do you have an ALS library card and Internet acess? Great! You now have unlimited access to more than 1,000 award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. 

There are creative projects for every occasion with downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes.  The easy-to-navigate website features classes on topics in art and design, sewing, paperwork, holidays and parties, knitting and crochet, quilting, jewelry, and more! Browse by skill difficulty levels, quick or multi-part classes, specialty techniques, or those video tutorials best suited for children.


state parks passes at your library

June 14 2021 through June 30, 2022

Through a partnership with the DNR, the library will be circulating two free 7-day vehicle parking passes to visit Minnesota's state parks. A library card is not required for participation. Starting June 14, we will begin accepting reservations for the passes and will book them through August 31, 2021. Additional months will open as the current one ends.

The purpose of this program is to make state parks even more accessible to the public by eliminating the entrance fee. Passes are funded by the DNR’s Parks and Trails Legacy Amendment dollars. Folks who try the program will be encouraged to complete a survey. The data are needed to support the program’s continuation. For more information about Minnesota’s parks, visit mndnr.gov.

WOWBRARY email service

A welcoming way to see the newest additions to our collection

WOWbrary is a weekly email showcasing Grand Marais Public Library's newest books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines.

With WOWbrary, you can browse our latest arrivals from home or wherever you have Internet access. You'll learn about bestsellers, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children's titles, health books, science fiction, and more. Read a summary of each title and screen consumer reviews. With links to our catalog, it's easy to place holds on the titles that capture your imagination.


For free weekly emails of our latest books, movies, and music, enter your email address:  


mail-a-book program for county residents

Listen to this short WTIP audio clip

County folks, we know it can be difficult to return books to Grand Marais Public Library on time. Did you know you can borrow paperback books and other materials from the Arrowhead Library System via u.s. mail free of charge?

The items come to your mailbox; you return them through your mailbox. The same is true for city residents in assisted living. ALS Executive Director Jim Weikum joins Tracy Benson on WTIP to explain:



 strategic plan, mission, tagline

Our mission is:
The Grand Marais Public Library increases knowledge, inspires creativity, removes barriers, and builds community across Cook County.

Our tagline is:

Our priority goals are:

  1. The community will increase understanding and appreciation of the full range of human diversity.

  2. The community will have increased knowledge and utilization of library resources and programs throughout the county.

  3. People will enjoy a comfortable environment that gives them a sense of community belonging.

  4. Young children will develop a love of reading and improve their literacy.

We invite you to review the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for more information.