Library offers books, videos, wireless Internet, and more

Looking for new reading material? The Winsted Public Library has all kinds of options.

In November 2013, the city council approved an expansion through the north wall of the library’s current downtown location. It will add 870 square feet to the existing 1,500 space (for a total of 2,370 square feet of library space).Librarian

Mark Ranum, executive director of Pioneer Library System, noted that the area could accommodate enough shelving to hold 20,000 books and other materials. Currently, Winsted has 12,000 items in its collection.

The addition could also allow for two additional computer workstations, a children’s storytime/activity space, and a reading/study lounge area.

In December 2013, volunteers picked up an assortment of free shelving and furniture from a library in downtown Minneapolis.

“The items we were able to salvage are in perfect condition; it really is sharp-looking stuff,” City Council Member George Schulenberg said.

Books and more

If a specific book, video, magazine, or audio book you’re looking for isn’t on hand in Winsted, the library can often order it through the Pioneerland Library System.

Patrons can renew or request library materials in person, by phone, or via e-mail.

To borrow from the library, all that’s needed is a Pioneerland Library card. Applications are available at the checkout desk, and the card is ready for use within a few minutes.

With a library card, books can be checked out for 28 days (unless they are in high demand), while videos can be checked out for two days. Audio books and magazines can be checked out for two weeks.

Free wireless Internet

The library also offers two computer stations, a copier (10 cents per copy), and free wireless Internet. Patrons may work on their own laptops as long as they wish during library hours, but computer station time is limited to 30 minutes per patron, per day, unless told otherwise.

Storytime for children

Children’s storytime at the Winsted library takes place Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and Wednesdays from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. October through December, and February through May. Summer storytime takes place in June and July. There is also a summer reading program that ends with a party in the park in July.

The Winsted Library Board

The Winsted Library Commission is very active, striving to make the library a vital resource within the community.

Current members are Julie Guggemos, Lisa Ebert, Kim Hausladen, Rachel Getz, and Julie Hemmesch.

The board sponsors several activities during the year, which include an annual book sale during the Winsted Summer Festival, and a silent auction during the Winsted Winter Festival, which benefits area elementary schools’ accelerated reading programs.

Library info

Location: 180 Main Avenue West

Contact: (320) 485-3909 or

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fridays, 2 to 5 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon