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Anoka County Library

Free Wi-Fi Available
Centennial Library, 100 Civic Heights Cir, Circle Pines, MN 55014, USA
Crooked Lake, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433, USA
Johnsville Library, 12461 Oak Park Blvd., Blaine, MN 55434
Mississippi Library, 410 Mississippi St NE, Fridley, MN 55432
North Central Branch, 17565 Central Ave NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304, USA
Northtown Library, 711 County Rd. 10 NE, Blaine, MN 55434
Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
St. Francis Library. 3519 Bridge St NW, St. Francis, MN 55070
763-785-3695
Admission: $0.00
See Anoka County History Center listing for its admission.
Hours vary by location.
Details:

The Anoka County Library has eight branches, two "On The Go" locations and two affiliate locations. With a mission to connect Anoka County residents to ideas, information and inspiration, the library strives to be a community hub offering resources and experiences to enrich the lives of its patrons.

New artist-designed Anoka County Library cards.

New artist-designed Anoka County Library cards.

This library is part of the MELSA system, allowing for patrons to get books from most metro libraries through inter-library loan. MELSA membership also offers patrons perks such as the smARTpass Program.

Bike Fix-It Centers at Anoka County Library Branches

Anoka County announced in July of 2018, as part of an initiative to create healthier communities across Minnesota, bike fix-it stations will be installed at eight library locations: Centennial, Crooked Lake, Johnsville, Mississippi, Northtown, Rum River, St. Francis, and Columbia Heights. (You can also them at three park locations: Bunker Hills, Rice Creek Chain of Lakes, and Riverfront. Now library patrons can bike to the library and use these stations to make quick repairs to bikes and add air to tires for FREE!

Anoka County Library Loans Board Games 

Northtown Library houses a collection of card and board games that can be borrowed and taken home. Some of the games available include Exploding Kittens, Forbidden Island, Seven Wonders, Sushi Go, and Zombie Dice. These appear to be mostly games for older kids and adults. Board games have the same three-week checkout time as adult books and are renewable up to four times. The collection is housed at Northtown but can be requested through the catalog.

Amazon affiliate link. You can always purchase your own (and we'll get a small commission through this link), but Anoka County Library will store it for you for FREE!

Amazon affiliate link. You can always purchase your own (and we'll get a small commission through this link), but Anoka County Library will store games for you for FREE!

Anoka County  cloudLibrary App

Anoka County is the first library system in the nation to go live with the cloudLibrary 4.1 update. This app allows library users to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks with their library card. The new app promises to be more interactive and user-friendly. Note: Other metro library systems also offer ebooks to read on your devices. They just use different programs.

“Anoka County Library is excited to be at the frontline of this exciting new update, which will make it easier than ever for our patrons to access digital materials from our collection wherever they are. This initiative aligns with our mission of connecting people to ideas, information, and inspiration.”

-- Andrew Wylie, collection strategies manager

Anoka County Library Branches

The eight main branches are:

Anoka County Library On The Go Locations

On The Go locations operate a little like a RedBox in that books and videos can be selected from a vending machine using your library card. You can also order items online for self-service pick up at these locations. On the Go locations are:

Anoka County History Center

Books can picked up or dropped off at the Anoka County History Center Anoka County History Center, but it is not a full service library.

Columbia Heights Library

Columbia Heights Library is run by the City of Columbia Heights but is an affiliate of Anoka County Library. Books may be picked up and dropped off there.

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