Serving Grand Forks for over 100 years, Grand Forks Public is a playground for curious minds. We are committed to inspiring the creativity and curiosity of Grand Forks County. We encourage the desire to explore, learn, and grow; connect people to information, possibilities, and each other; and challenge assumptions through bold and creative problem-solving. 

Capsule History

Year Fun Fact
1892 A group of Grand Forks women contribute $5.00 for books, store them in an office, & take turns as librarians.
1897 Grand Forks Federation of Women's Clubs vote to work for the establishment of a tax supported Public Library.
1900 Grand Forks City Council establishes library levy, School Board appoints first Library Board, and the Public Library opens in rented quarters at the Odd Fellows Temple May 5.
1901 Andrew Carnegie agrees to donate funding for a new Public Library building.
1903 Public Library opens with 500 books for "persons of good deportment."
1905 Children's story hour offered on a regular basis.
1931 Library hours reduced because of difficult economic times.
1957 Bookmobile service is started in the city.
1969 Library bond issue for construction of a new library passes with a 68% "yes" vote.
1972 Library opens May 22 at 2110 Library Circle and is officially dedicated on October 24.
1974 Grand Forks County contracts with Grand Forks Public Library for library services to county residents.
1984 Library expansion project adds 4,500 sq. ft. with a second floor Children's Department & Electronic Library with 10 computers.
1989 Library catalog completely online. Paper card catalog no longer updated.
2011 Vote for a potential new library goes to ballot; does not pass.
2019 Library undergoes brand refresh, including a bold new identity, robust programming, and departmental restructuring.
2020 Main floor remodel project launches two months before COVID-19 pandemic temporary closure. Grand opening is celebrated in spring of 2021.
2023 Children's Department remodel project begins; completed in June.