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Used book sale May 1-2

Sponsored by the Friends of the Austin Public Library

Friday, May 1: Sale to the general public, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Saturday, May 2: Sale to the general public, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bag sale ($5 per bag) on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Friends' memberships available at the door for $10.

Donations of good quality used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks may be dropped off at the Library until April 28. Please do not leave magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, textbooks, or items that have been stored in damp places. We cannot accept these items.

Accio Books! book drive through June 2

The Austin chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance is collecting books for Read Indeed, a Minnesota-based nonprofit. Drop off new and gently used children's and young adult books at the library through June 2.

System upgrades April 14 - 29

Systems upgrades are planned between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m from April 14 through April 29. If you have trouble using our services during this time, please try again later.

Online courses now available

With your Austin Public Library Card, you now have access to our free online service called Gale Courses, which offers instructor-led classes on a variety of topics, including accounting, computer applications, language arts, personal development, and more. Courses run for six weeks, and new courses begin every month. Browse the course catalog and start learning today!

Free driver's license practice tests

Get ready to take your Minnesota written driver's license permit test with these free practice tests. Drive safely!

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Open viewing hours for The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible
The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is on display in its case during regular library hours. Volumes are available for viewing outside the case during posted “Open Viewing Hours” and for special study or group visits by appointment. Please contact the library at least one week in advance, if possible, to request an appointment. The library will accommodate as many requests as staff and volunteer availability allow.