The library building is closed until further notice.


Library building is closed but we are available for assistance!


Call or text our new toll-free number (833) 377-4350 for reference assistance and/or questions about library services Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. You may also email us at

We are offering virtual programs! For more information, check out our calendar.

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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.

Starting on March 18th, with direction from the City, the library is closed.  During this period, there will be no fines on checked-out items.  Lost fees on all material not returned will still be in effect.

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?

If you have library materials checked out during the time of closing, we ask that you hold onto them until we reopen. The book drop will not be available during this time. No overdue fines will be charged during this time. 


What if I have an item on hold? 

The library will hold your items until we reopen. 


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 or text us at our toll-free number, (833) 377-4350, email us at or contact us via our Page on Facebook


General information about the Coronavirus:

Freeborn County Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Health