Library Services


Community Room

The Slayton Public Library provides a meeting room for civic, cultural, educational and public information meetings. For more information about using the meeting room, read the policy or talk to your local librarian.


Wireless Printing

We now have an additional option for printing at the library.  We've purchased a Canon printer which enables you to print directly from your smart phone. It takes a little time to set up, but once you have the app on your phone you are able to print with little effort rather than having to sign onto a library computer.

Stop in before you need to print and get the app downloaded.

Computer lab

Computer Lab

The Slayton Library houses a 4 station computer lab that is open for individual and group use. 

  • Appointments are suggested for computer use and last for 1 hour.
  • Patrons are limited to one computer appointment a day.

The lab was established in 2001, thanks to a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The computers have since been upgraded, and wireless Internet access installed for use throughout the entire library.

Loan Periods

3 week checkout for books, audio books, magazines
1 week checkout for DVDs
2 week checkout for Hotspots
1 week checkout for Chromebooks


Renewals may be done in person, by phone or through the Online Catalog. The item cannot be renewed if it has a hold, the renewal limit for the item has been reached, or the patron has been blocked due to fines or fees of $5.00 or more or more than 5 items overdue.

Items borrowed from outside the Plum Creek Library System cannot be renewed unless a special request is made.

For more information on how to renew, see our How Do I? page.


Books, Magazines & Audio Books - .25 per day
DVDs - $1.00 per day
Hotspots & Chromebooks - $5.00 per day

Interlibrary Loan

If the library location you are at doesn't have the item you want, we can pull it from another library all at no charge to you. We can get items from all over Minnesota and bring them to the library for you to pick up and check out, all for free. To find items that you can get through interlibrary loan, go to our catalog for all Plum Creek items or MNLink for items statewide and place a hold. For more information on how to place holds, see our How Do I? page or ask your local librarian for help.


Adult Programs and Events
Author Talks
Book Clubs
Children's Programs
Story Time
Class Visits and Tours
Summer Reading Programs
After School Programs
Winter Reading Program



The Slayton Public Library now has 2 Chromebooks available for checkout to patrons that have a Plum Creek library card. The Chromebook is checked out for 1 week with no renewal.

Magazine Exchange

Magazine Exchange

There is a magazine rack in the entryway of the library for patrons to drop off and pick up a variety of magazines that they would enjoy reading and sharing with others. The magazine rack was donated by the Slayton Friends of the Library.

WiFi Hotspots

A hotspot may be checked out for 2 weeks.

Hotspots will be checked out to adult patrons only.

In order for more patrons to be able to use the hotspots, each household may checkout one hotspot device once a month.

The device must be returned inside the library, not put in the outside book drop or returned to a different library.

Fines will begin when the device is 1 day overdue at $5.00 per day.

The device will be turned off when it is 1 day overdue.


Patrons are welcome to come in and use the Cricut machine to make posters, bulletin boards or for card making. The library has a variety of cartridges and colored paper available for use. Patrons are welcome to bring in their own paper and cartridges for a specific project.

Community Resources

Wireless Printing
Wireless Internet
Computer Workstations
Magazine Exchange


Large Print Books
Paperback Books
Inspirational Fiction
Beginning Readers
Board Books
Picture Books
Digital Audiobooks
Video on DVD
Interlibrary Loan

Library Services For Children


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day.  Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation - a key to school and learning success. Not to mention, sharing stories together is fun!

How the program works:

  1. Register and receive your free library book bag.
  2. Read to your child.
  3. Record each book read to your child (either by writing the title down or coloring a circle on the reading caterpillar).
  4. When you finish 100 books bring the reading log to the library! Your child will receive a small prize and the next reading log.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 (with prizes awarded after each 100 books read).
  6. After finishing 1,000 books, your child will receive:
    1. A graduation party.
    2. Certificate of Completion
    3. And an awesome jump start on success at school!

The club has no end date except your child's going to school; don't feel rushed and just enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year! You will also have shared many special moments along the way.

For more information please go to the website -

This program is sponsored by the United Way of Southwest Minnesota


Help Me Grow

Slayton Public Library has partnered with Help Me Grow, a department of the State of Minnesota Department of Education, to provide resources for families to understand developmental milestones in infants and preschool children. Parents can learn if there are concerns that need to be addressed with a comprehensive, confidential evaluation at no cost. The Slayton Public Library has book bags filled with pertinent information about this free, state program available for families in our community.


Children's Play Toys

Families are always welcome to spend play time in the children’s area of the library. We have a grocery store and diner with all the food and dishes your child could want to have for lunch.

We also have a special winter play area that will be here for your enjoyment from January thru March. Come in and see what’s floating down the river!