Great River Regional Library

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. 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, telephone directories, book selection advice, tours, and library events. See the services catalog for more information.

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 (2014) 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.

Our Vision
Making a difference by connecting our communities to information.

Our Mission
Explore. Learn. Connect.

Our Plan
Great River’s Strategic Plan for 2013 – 2015 was approved by the Board of Trustees on November 20, 2012.
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 125,000 registered borrowers in a 5,000 square mile area of Central Minnesota.