Appleton Public Library


Library History

The Appleton Public Library was established on November 2, 1895. Originally housed in what is today Pioneer Public Television, the library moved in 1976 to its current location within the Appleton Civic Center. In 1983 the library became part of Pioneerland Library System.

  Meet the Staff

Friends of the Appleton Public Library

Join the Friends of the Appleton Public Library today!

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Appleton Public Library is a volunteer organization dedicated to building community awareness and enthusiasm for APL services, programs, facilities, and financial needs. The purposes are to build and maintain an association of persons interested in the library and to assist with its literary, educational, technological, community, and cultural purposes.

About Friends of the Library

Friends of the Appleton Public Library are looking for a way to get the word out about all the wonderful items we have in our library, the great ability to interlibrary loan items from other libraries in the Pioneerland Library System as well as throughout the state of Minnesota, the fabulous digital opportunities with e-books and e-magazines, and the programs for children and adults that are ongoing throughout the year. We are looking for people to help us sponsor special events such as author visits, volunteer, but most importantly to provide a strong base of support for the public library in our community.

Stop by the Appleton Public Library to join or for more information on becoming a Friend of the Appleton Public Library. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00.m.

Friends of the Library Executive Board

Karen Fliflet

Shelly Kranz

Liz McTighe

Sara Piotter

Carol Roiger

Anne Wilkening

Appleton Public Library


323 W Schlieman Ave

Appleton, MN 56208




Monday: 10:00-5:00

Tuesday: 10:00-7:00

Wednesday: 10:00-7:00

Thursday: 10:00-7:00

Friday: 10:00-5:00

Saturday: 10:00-2:00

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Jan 26 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 27 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, Jul 27 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct 26 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

We are going green as of May 15th, 2013!

The Appleton Public Library, a member of the Pioneerland Library system, is going green effective May 15, 2013. What does that mean? We are collecting e-mail addresses from our library patrons and sending out overdue notices via e-mail rather than through regular U.S. mail. Please make sure we have the most current e-mail address for you on your next visit to the library.

eBooks on OverDrive

Audiobooks on OverDrive

eMagazines on OverDrive

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KLQP radio-check out our Appleton Radio Show podcast or listen each week on Tuesdays at 4:15p.m.: click on the link below.

What are YOU reading?


Join the Appleton Public Library and KLQP Radio while we talk about..."What are YOU reading?". Please share your thoughts on what you read yesterday, today, or tomorrow. You can contact us through the contact link/picture above, stop by the library to visit with us, or contact Paul Raymo at KLQP radio. Let's all talk about..."What are YOU reading? .

City of Appleton and Chamber: click on the link below.

Appleton Area Health Services: click on the link below.

Lac qui parle valley school district: click on the link below.

Swift County: click on the link below.

Swift County Historical Society: click on the link below.

Prairie 5 Headstart: click on the link below.

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc