"If you want to see Saint Paul, go to the library."
That observation, shared with me by a community member this year, captures the unique power of our city’s public libraries to bring people together and to connect, uplift, and transform individuals and communities.
We at Saint Paul Public Library have spent 2018 creating plans for the future. In order to chart our path forward, we listened to what our community members want and need from us. The vision and strategy enclosed in this document reflect months of conversation with our community and staff members. Thousands of people from all corners of Saint Paul helped to create this direction, which will guide our work for the next three years. This direction builds on our strengths and informs areas for improvement and growth. It inspires us to work toward a vision where all people feel seen, safe, and welcome and where libraries bring people together to experience hope, joy, and creativity through learning.
I could not be more proud to be part of the team at Saint Paul Public Library and to live in a city that values libraries as places that welcome everyone to connect, learn, discover, and grow.
- Catherine Penkert, Library Director
We welcome all people to connect, learn, discover, and grow.
We imagine a Saint Paul where all people feel seen, safe, and welcome. We imagine a city where libraries bring people together to experience hope, joy, and creativity through learning.
The Library belongs to the people of Saint Paul. We are your Library and you — our library users — shape our work. The following values guide our work.
Learn more about our values
Many people were instrumental to the creation of the Library’s new strategic direction. It evolved collaboratively and in strong partnership with the communities we serve. We asked questions, shared stories and experiences, and listened intently. We distilled everything we heard into the mission, vision, values, and direction that you will find in this document.
Imagine Deliver, a consulting firm based in Saint Paul, guided the Library’s strategic planning process and helped us compile this final report. Through creative design, community engagement, and equitable strategy processes, Imagine Deliver helps leaders imagine and deliver a greater good. To learn more about their work, visit imaginedeliver.com.
Special thanks to:
- Kate Downing Khaled (Imagine Deliver)
- Taqee Khaled (Imagine Deliver)
- Asiya Mohamed (Imagine Deliver)
- Olivia Jefferson (Imagine Deliver)
- Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson (Imagine Deliver)
- Adrienne Doyle (Juxtaposition Arts)
- Kristen Murray (Juxtaposition Arts)