Outreach Services

Mobile Library

Serving the communities of Braham, Duquette, Giese, Hill City, Isanti, Jacobson, and Mcgrath*

*Current as of January 1, 2022

East Central Regional Library provides Outreach Services to serve many of the smaller communities in the region where there is not a full service library. 

What if you can't make it to the library?

For many people the joy of visiting a public library may be out of reach.

East Central Regional Library Outreach Librarian serves those individuals who do not have the opportunity to visit a traditional library.

The Outreach van makes numerous stops to several areas in East Central Regional Library counties carrying materials for patrons to browse through and check out. The East Central Regional Library Outreach van provides adult, teen, and children’s fiction and non-fiction books along with books on CD and movies on DVD. Patrons may also request specific items at any time from the Outreach Librarian and ask about our digital services including our downloadable eBooks, eAudio and magazines.

Outreach Schedule

Monday

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Braham Community Center

655 8th St SW, Braham, MN 55006

Wednesday

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Isanti City Hall

110 1st Avenue NW, Isanti, MN 55040

Thursday (every other)

 

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Giese

Wagner Township Town Hall
11550 State Highway 18, Finlayson, MN 55735

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Duquette

Duquette General Store
88235 State Highway 23, Kerrick, MN 55756

Thursday (every other)

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Jacobson

Jacobson Community Center
63506-64472 Great River Road, Jacobson, MN 55752

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Hill City

City Community Room
125 Lake Avenue Northeast, Hill City, MN 55748

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. |McGrath

*Winter
Zion Luthern Church
207 First Street North, McGrath, MN 56350

*Summer
McGrath City Pavillion
303 West Main Street, McGrath, MN 5635063506-64472

Looking forward to seeing you around!

The ECRL outreach van makes various stops every week across the region.

If you have any questions, concerns, or if you’d like to request specific items for your stop, please contact us.

Access your library entirely from home.

Read eBooks, listen to eAudiobooks, page through Digital Magazines, and browse through our eResources and Databases, all from the comfort of your home.

Check out our online services

Bookmobile through the years

Did you know ECRL once had a very active bookmobile service? It began with a unit borrowed from the Minnesota State Library in 1959 and continued to May, 2009, marking 50 years and an untold number of miles throughout the region. 

By February 1960, the system’s own bookmobile was on the road. It was a green and yellow Gerstenslager unit that had a 2400-volume capacity. The schedule allowed for 39 stops — 11 each in Isanti and Mille Lacs counties and 17 in Pine County. 

Providing library services to the remote areas of the region was welcomed by bookmobile users. With the addition of Aitkin County, ECRL’s number of square miles almost doubled and a second bookmobile was added in 1963. The second bookmobile also served Kanabec County when it joined the system in 1967. When Chisago County joined ECRL, the service area for the bookmobiles expanded again, with Lindstrom being the only town to have a library, the other towns in the county relied heavily on the bookmobile. With the addition of the North Branch library in 1982 and the earlier additions of libraries in Pine City and Rush City in the late 1970s it was decided that one bookmobile would be sufficient. 

There were several different bookmobiles throughout the years. The “library on wheels” discontinued in May 2009. Since there were still residents of remote areas who could not travel to a branch library, Outreach Service was implemented, and it still runs today under Outreach Librarian Tim Olson.