In-library browsing now offered at Pine River Library

Schedule an appointment to go into library or for contactless pickup


The Pine River Public Library moved into phase 4 of re-opening Tuesday, Aug. 25. Phase four of the re-opening plan will add in-library browsing to the already current services.

Patrons will be able to enter the library building by appointment to browse the collection. To enter the building, patrons will be asked to schedule an appointment before arriving at the library, wear a facial covering and use hand sanitizer. Patrons will be allowed 15 minutes to browse with five minutes to check out, totaling 20 minutes of in-library browsing. This will allow the staff 10 minutes to clean the high traffic areas before the next appointment times.

The library will be limited on the number of patrons allowed inside at one time. When scheduling your appointment you will need to reserve a spot for the total number of people coming with you; this will include caregivers and children.

To accommodate both in-library browsing and contactless pickup, the library will be alternating service days. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays will be contactless pickup only in the entry of the library by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will be in-library services by appointment. This will include browsing, computer and printing. Tuesday and Thursday hours will be expanded to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Schedule your contactless pickup or in-library appointments by calling the library at 218-587-4639.

The Pine River Public Library and all the libraries in the Kitchigami region remind patrons to return their materials, especially those that were due during this COVID-19 period. Kitchigami had temporarily placed a hold on all overdue materials; however, starting Sept. 21 those will be put back into effect. The Pine River drop box is open 24/7 for all returns.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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