The library building is closed until further notice.

No-Contact Pickup and Computers by Appointment Available.

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. 

Siama's Congo Roots

Travel to Africa with Siama Matuzungidi as he plays guitar and other traditional instruments. You’ll be encouraged to sing along and listen to stories that bring Siama’s rural homeland to life. This video is only available until August 16, so don’t miss it!

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Virtual Programs

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

Adult Take & Make Craft Kits

The library now offers Adult Take & Make Craft Kits! A new craft kit will be available each month. Request one today! 

Computer Use by Appointment

The library is now offering Computer Use by Appointment. 

August Preschool Craft Bags

August Preschool Craft Bags are now available! Ask for one per child to be picked up with your no-contact requests.

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.

The library building, with direction from the city, is closed at this time. The library is offering no-contact pickup for materials and Computer Use by Appointment. Check out the No-Contact Pickup page or the Computer Use by Appointment page on our website for all the 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. The book drop will open each week on Monday at 9 am and close on Thursday at 6 pm. With guidance from the state, we are holding returned materials for 72 hours before returning them back to circulation. Fines will restart on August 1. If you cannot return your overdue materials, please call the library to renew your items. 

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 Page on Facebook

General information about the Coronavirus:

Freeborn County Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Health