6/19 SERVICE ALERT: All ECRL branches will be closed on Wednesday, July 19 in celebration of Juneteenth. Regular service will resume on Thursday, July 20.

Automatic Renewals Starting July 2024

Text reads: Now Introducing Auto Renewal Starting July 2024!

Great news! East Central Regional Library is implementing automatic renewals in July of 2024! What is automatic renewal? Automatic renewal is a new feature that will automatically renew all eligible physical items 3 days prior to their due date. Most items will automatically renew if no one else is waiting for that item, you haven’t […]

Chisago Lakes Area Library Partners with Steve Rummler Hope Network

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The Chisago Lakes Area Library recently partnered with the Steve Rummler Hope Network (SRHN) to become a Naloxone Access Point (NAP). Community members can now visit the Chisago Lakes Area Library during open hours to receive a naloxone and fentanyl test strip (FTS) kit, provided free of charge by SRHN. Naloxone is a life-saving overdose […]

2024 Tax Filing Season

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Did you know that tax forms are available online?  East Central Regional Library has compiled some online tax resources for you here.  Library staff can assist with locating and printing online tax forms, but are not able to give advice regarding the forms that you might need to file your taxes. Nor are they able to help […]

Update Concerning ECRL’s Closure on January 5 & 6, 2024


On the evening of Friday, January 5, staff at multiple ECRL libraries received phone calls about a bomb threat. Staff responded quickly, clearing buildings and contacting law enforcement. Threats did not specify location(s) and, as such, we were unable to determine which library or libraries the threat related to. Law enforcement agencies in all locations […]

New Sandstone Public Library Building Opens Tuesday, October 31, 2023!

Text reads: We're Moving! New Sandstone Public Library location: 106 Main Street. Opening Tuesday, October 31.

The Sandstone Public Library will be closed October 23-28 while we move to our new location at 106 Main Street, Sandstone, MN 55072. The new building will open to the public on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. The new building is almost triple the size of the original Sandstone Public Library building. With approximately 8,600 sq. […]

2023 ECRL Reads Title Announced!

The Twenty-ninth Day Book Cover

Each year we encourage readers across the region to read the same book and come together as a community around that book. We are happy to announce that this year’s selection is The Twenty-Ninth Day by Alex Messenger. Join us for small group book discussions at each ECRL branch, 6 in-person and 1 virtual author visits with […]

Libby by OverDrive Replaces the OverDrive Legacy App Today.

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The legacy OverDrive app permanently retired today, Monday, May 1, 2023. Taking over is OverDrive’s newer reading app, Libby! Libby launched in 2017 and is made by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your library and to your favorite eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. If you haven’t already made the switch […]

Paypal, Credit, and Debit Cards Now Accepted Online for Fine & Fee Payments

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Patrons have always been able to pay fine and fee payments in person at any East Central Regional Library branch using cash or a personal check. As of March 2023, patrons can also choose to pay their fine or fee payments of $5+ online through their “My Account” portal. Once you’ve logged into your account, […]

Second Annual Spring For Libraries Fundraiser Starts April 1, 2023

Spring for Libraries Fundraiser graphic with flowers and books in a wagon

East Central Regional Library is excited to launch our second annual fundraiser, Spring for Libraries, which will run April 1-30, 2023!  For this fundraising campaign, each library branch within ECRL has chosen specific wish list items that will directly impact that library’s patrons. Read more about each branch’s wish list items and campaign goals on our Spring […]