• Albany Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. due to inclement weather conditions.

  • St. Michael Library is closed at 6:30 due to inclement weather conditions.

  • Cokato Public Library is closed for renovations. The library will reopen Thursday, April 24.

100 Year Old Paynesville Public Library First Home In a Closet

100 Year Old Paynesville Public Library First Home In a Closet

 In May of 1908, according to the book Paynesville Minnesota, Centennial:1858-1958, compiled by the staff of the Paynesville Press, "...a mass meeting was called for those interested in forming a library in Paynesville, and as a result the Paynesville Free Library Association came into being." Despite the name, the committee also established a twenty-five cent per year fee to belong to the Association. The library was housed "..in a closet in the office of Frank Tolman."  (Tolman was a local attorney.)  Two years later, in 1910, the library came under the jurisdiction of the Village of Paynesville, and became a public library.

Today, the library is housed in a 2,500 square foot building (pictured): It has two closets. There is no fee to join. People who do join become cardholders in the Great River Regional Library and have access to nearly 1 million items on the shelves at 32 libraries in Central Minnesota.