At Saint Paul Public Library, we believe in curiosity.

Curiosity can change the world and the path of one's life. We believe in igniting its spark through discovery and creative exploration.

Curiosity is what drives the discovery of new worlds, both real and imagined. It’s the unstoppable force motivating young, inquiring minds every single day. At the Library, children are encouraged to ask questions, to use their imaginations, and to engage in hands-on play.

Ignite your curiosity at the library.

Fine Free

The library is now fine free. That’s right! We no longer charge fines on late items. This ensures that all people have access to library books and materials, which is our primary purpose as a public library. Learn more about this new policy and how it affects you. 

Summer Spark

Summer Spark encourages kids to have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long. Join in the fun by attending free programs at your library and earning prizes by completing reading and activity challenges! Summer Spark kicks off on June 1 every year.

Hands-on Activities for Kids

The library offers maker programming for kids throughout the year, including two flagship programs for the very young: Mini Masterpieces and Kaleidoscope. During school breaks, the library offers Maker Break programming for kids ages 7-11, and Maker Camps during the summer.

Nature Smart Libraries

The Nature Smart Library initiative provides resources, programming, and access for youth to interact with nature in their neighborhoods. Four Nature Smart Library locations — Hamline Midway, Riverview, Saint Anthony Park, and Sun Ray —  offer Nature Smart backpacks to check out with books and activities on selected themes such as monarchs, trees, and birds.


Creative spaces for teens located at five library locations and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network. At Createch, teens can access tools needed to pursue interests and spark new passions, and be encouraged by mentors who support their individual growth.

Make @ SPPL

Make something at the library! The library provides many making opportunities for adults, including the Innovation Lab, Tinker Tuesdays, Maker Fest, Maker kits, and more. Follow your interests and passions and learn new skills.

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