Winter Reading Program

January 19-February 28, 2021

Everyone is invited to join the Albert Lea Public Library for our Winter Reading Program! Read books, get prizes, and be entered to win one of several grand prizes.

Preschool Craft Bags

The first winter Preschool Craft Bag is available to request while supplies last! Bags contain the supplies needed to complete all the crafts in the picture and correspond to the themes of our virtual early literacy programs. 

January Adult Take & Make Craft Kits

January Adult Take & Make Craft Kits are now available! Kits contain supplies to create glitter candle holders.

No-Contact Pickup


The library building remains closed but we are offering no-contact pickup services. Request items via our online catalog and we will schedule a pickup slot when they are ready. 

Virtual Programs

Our programs have gone virtual! The library has virtual programs for individuals of all ages this summer.

Online Catalog Search

The Albert Lea Public Library has made the health and safety of our library staff, our patrons, and our community a priority. We will continue to follow directions from state and local health officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for information on Minnesota’s Executive Order 20-96.

The library building, with direction from the city, is closed at this time. The library is offering no-contact pickup for materials. Check out the No-Contact Pickup page for details.

Remember, our digital resources, OverDrive, Hoopla, and TumbleBooks are available 24/7. Don’t have a library card? No problem! Head over to OverDrive and sign up for an instant card for access to ebooks and audiobooks.

How do I return library materials?

All library materials must be returned in the book drop. With guidance from the state, we are holding returned materials for 72 hours before returning them back to circulation. If you cannot return your overdue materials, please call the library to renew your items. 

Are you accepting donations?

The library is unable to accept donations at this time. 

Can I get a library card?

Yes! You can fill out the application found here and send it to us by email ( or mail. We also need a picture of your proof of address (any piece of mail works). If you need a library card application sent you to, please contact us and we will put one in the mail. When the library card is ready, we will mail the card to your residence or we can arrange a time for you to pick it up during our no-contact pickup service.

How do I contact the library?

If you have a question about anything library-related or need a reference question answered, we are still here for you. You may call the library at our main phone number (507) 377-4350, email us at or contact us via our Facebook page

If you wish to contact library administration, please call our toll-free number (833) 377-4350. 

General information about the Coronavirus:

Freeborn County Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Health

Albert Lea COVID Testing Information