Monday - Thursday:
 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact us:

410 5th Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Tel: 320-235-3162
E-mail the Library

Head Librarian:
John Baken

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News, Recommendations and More from the Willmar Public Library

Book Clubs

Book Clubs at WPL
For Children
For Teens
For Adults

Looking for suggestions for your book club? The books on this list have at least 8 copies in the Pioneerland Library System.

Tax Information Resources

1040 tax form
Forms, instruction and
assistance information for 2016

Solar Eclipse Event at the Library!

*The Willmar Public Library has run out of the eclipse glasses we were handing out to the public, but there will still be glasses available at the event on August 21st!

Photo of a solar eclipse

Monday, August 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On August 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Here in Willmar, we shall see a partial eclipse. It sounds exciting so come join us for several "Solar Eclipse Activities" that were produced by NASA and GSUSA just for this occasion. The event is hosted by the Girl Scouts Lakes and Pines. Free Eclipse glasses are provided, which are needed to safely view the eclipse before and after totality.

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines

The event is hosted by the Girl Scout Lakes and Pines and the library. For ages kindergarten though 12th grade. No registration is necessary.

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse


Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits

The Willmar Public Library will host a free three-part, STEM reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits. The library is one of 50 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series. Pushing the Limits brings together human interest videos, scientists, books, and people like you who are interested in exploring accessible strategies for adapting to a new climate.

Group discussion events will be held once per month on the following themes:

Pushing the Limits reading list: The Water Knife, Isaac's Storm and Forty Signs of Rain

All programs will be held upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. Registered participants will receive free copies of the 3 featured books. If we run out of those copies, the books are also available to check out with your library card. Register here or call the library at (320) 235-3162.

This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group -- with generous funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Edible Book Contest

Beanball book and cake
Saturday, October 7th

Do you love books so much you can taste them? Then enter the Willmar Public Library Edible Book Contest. Each food creation must be at least 75% edible (though we will not be eating any of these books; they will only be displayed). Your entry needs to refer to a well-known book that can be recognized by your design. It can be a pun or reference a book character or theme. The idea is to have fun and to be creative. See complete rules here. Registration forms can be picked up at the Library or download here and must be returned to the Library by Wednesday, October 4th. Submit your own entry to be judged, or just stop by, enjoy refreshments, and cast your ballot for the winner in the People’s Choice category.

Schedule of Events:


Willmar Seed Library
Willmar Seed Library

The Willmar Seed Library is a collection of seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home. At the end of the season, you can let a few plants ‘go to seed’ and return the collected seeds to the library. The seed library is located near the Information Desk at the Willmar Public Library and is open during regular library hours.
How to use the Seed Library:

  1. Fill out a Membership Form and turn it in at the Information Desk.
  2. Choose up to 5 seed packets per week.
  3. Check out your seed selections.
  4. Plant at home & enjoy!
  5. Use a Return Envelope to bring in saved seeds.


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