Small City, GIANT Living


A library is surely more than brick and stone, more than a beautiful building. My definition of a library would be that it is an assembly hall, a drawing room, free to all people, where at any time they are at liberty to go and there become acquainted with and receive edification and instruction from celebrated poets, wits, novelists, travelers, biographers, historians, and in fact, many of the learned and the cultivated of all ages in all departments of knowledge.

William Ross at the dedication of the Memorial Library in 1904


Monday 11am – 7 pm
Tuesday  1pm – 7pm
Wednesday 11am – 7pm
Thursday 1pm – 7pm
Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 11am – 3pm



124 W 7th St,
Blue Earth, MN 56013

Phone: 507.526.5012
Fax: 507.526.4683

For upcoming events, check our Facebook Page,

Contact us for volunteer opportunities and information about how to become a Friend of the Blue Earth Community Library!


Online Catalog

The library works closely with other public libraries of the Traverse des Sioux System and academic, school, and special libraries in the SMILE Library System. The library joins other Minnesota Libraries under the provisions of the reciprocal borrowing agreement.

You can view the full catalog, as well as place holds, by visiting the TDS website.

Children’s Storytime 


This is a great time to introduce your child to their first stories and songs.  Focus in this group is on beginning concepts such as numbers, animals, colors and self. This is a perfect way for toddlers to socially interact.

  1. Please be on time. Be early so you and your child will have time to get a drink or use the restroom if necessary. It is not always easy to hold the attention of a child for 30 minutes let alone a whole group of preschoolers. We can do this very well if they are not distracted by late arrivals. If circumstances make you late, however, you may still come.
  2. Please remain in the library during story times. If you have a toddler please remain in the story time room and participate with your toddler for a lap-sit program. We know you will want to be there if your child should become ill or just get terribly lonesome for you.
  3. Please keep any visiting with other adults to a minimum.

Policies & Procedures

You can download the library’s policies and procedures by clicking the appropriate link below. The Board revises Library policies as time and circumstance require, and they shall be reviewed annually at the beginning of each year.


The Memorial Library, built by William Ellery Channing Ross and dedicated in 1904 to the memory of his wife Etta Chadbourn Ross, has served as the cultural center of Blue Earth for many years. In February 1985, the Blue Earth Community Library was moved to its present location downtown, to better meet the needs of the community. The City of Blue Earth donated the original building to the Faribault County Historical Association in 1987 to be used as a museum. Today it contains historical records, pictures, family diaries, documents, and artifacts where visitors may recall the history of Blue Earth.