Mission, Vision & Strategic Goals


We connect people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime.


We are a cornerstone of a thriving city: welcoming people of all ages and cultures; strengthening neighborhoods and learning networks; and inspiring all with the world of ideas.

Strategic Goals

We Advance Saint Paul's Learning Priorities

  • Every child ready for K
  • Student success in school and life
  • Essential workforce skills

We Are Sound Stewards of Public and Private Funds

  • Library resources aligned with key community partners
  • Leverage collective impact and learning networks
  • Fulfill Public Service Promise
    • Welcoming, respectful, and equitable service
    • A customer-centered public environment
    • Attentive, skilled staff
    • Personalized service

Our Libraries Are Active Centers of Engaged Communities

  • Residents engaged in neighborhood, cultural, and civic life
  • Volunteers and mentors strengthen library service and neighborhoods