About

With over 32,000 items in its collection, a conference room and ten public computers, Meinders Community Library offers a unique experience as one of the few remaining combined school and public libraries in the country. As part of the Plum Creek Library System in Southwestern Minnesota, our catalog expands to include more than 327,000 items.

We also offer free wireless internet, a children’s play area, special events, author visits, and weekly story times. Throughout the year, various reading programs encourage literacy in patrons of all ages. In addition, the library has a photocopier and fax machine that can be accessed for a minimal fee.

Library usage is open to anyone, while library cards are available to residents in the Plum Creek service area. A valid photo ID and proof of Minnesota residency are required at the time of registration.

Hours

Meinders Library is open year round, though it closes for one week each summer for maintenance and cleaning. All materials should be returned in their respective book and DVD drops during this time to avoid late fees.

  • Monday:                     10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tuesday:                       7:30am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday:               10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday:                   10:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday:                         10:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday:                     10:00am-2:00pm

Per our inclement weather policy, the library will close 30 minutes after Pipestone Area School lets out early. The library will open at 10:00am when PAS has weather-related late starts. If school is cancelled for the day, the library may still be open. Library closings will be posted on this blog, our Facebook page, and announced at the radio station and newspaper as appropriate.

Directions

Meinders Community Library is located on the west side of town just past the high school football field. Enter the driveway (7th Street SW) from Hwy 30 and head north toward the school. At the stop sign, turn left into our parking lot. The library faces south, and though it is attached to the school, entrance into PAS is not permissible while school is in session.

History

Originally built in 1903/1904, the Carnegie building housed the Pipestone Public Library until 1976. Funding for the library was provided by Andrew Carnegie who donated more than $40 million to help build libraries throughout America between 1886 and 1919.

In 1976, the public library relocated to the high school when the two combined collections and operated as a single community library. In the following years, the library underwent another significant change. When the new school was built on the west side of town, the Herman Meinders family donated $1,000,000 to the project, and the library became Meinders Community Library.

As of this time, Meinders Library is one of two combined libraries in the state of Minnesota, creating an atmosphere of collaboration conducive to community literacy as a whole.

Staff

  • Jody Wacker              Director
  • Emily Blaeser           Children’s Librarian
  • Kim VanHoeke         Library Aide
  • Sally Whittle             Library Aide
  • Jan Biever                  Pipestone Area School Librarian