Saint Paul Public Library invites community members to provide feedback at design workshops

Feedback will inform the future interior and exterior design of three libraries in Saint Paul

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) is co-creating a vision to transform Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights and Riverview libraries, and is hosting design workshops for community members to weigh in on the interior and exterior design of the future, updated library spaces. The ideas and feedback provided at the workshops will inform each library’s schematic design, including final footprint, floor plan, and look and feel of the spaces.   

At the each of the three library’s 90-minute, in-person design workshops, community members will see updated and in-progress designs for spaces in the library that reflect their feedback. LSE Architects will lead attendees through a visual design exercise to continue discussions on the interior and exterior design of the library, including a focus on the look and feel of individual areas in the library. LSE will also share learnings from the recent community survey. 

Registration is required for the workshops. Masks are welcome, but not required. 

Design Workshop: Transforming Riverview Library, opens a new window
Monday, July 18, 5-6:30 p.m.
1 E. George St., Saint Paul  

Design Workshop: Transforming Hamline Midway Library, opens a new window
Tuesday, July 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., Saint Paul 

Design Workshop: Transforming Hayden Heights Library, opens a new window
Thursday, July 21, 5-6:30 p.m.
1456 White Bear Ave., Saint Paul 

Preliminary schematic designs will be shared with the community in August along with a survey to gather additional feedback on finishings and furniture. Final designs will be shared in October.

About SPPL’s vision to transform libraries 

SPPL is co-creating with community a vision for its library spaces. Community input shaped SPPL’s initial Strategic Direction, opens a new window, which includes a goal to invest in spaces that are safe, inviting, affirming, and comfortable for people of all cultures, abilities, and communities. Using the Strategic Direction as a springboard, SPPL further engaged with the community to create a Facilities Direction, opens a new window that steers its capital vision for library buildings.  

The vision to transform libraries in Saint Paul includes three library buildings that have not been renovated in more than 30 years, Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview, as well as make improvements to technology and play and learn spaces in all library buildings in Saint Paul.   

To learn more about SPPL’s vision to transform libraries or join the email list to learn more about upcoming community engagement opportunities, visit, opens a new window

About Saint Paul Public Library 
At Saint Paul Public Library, we welcome all people to connect, learn, discover, and grow. We are at 12 neighborhood libraries, George Latimer Central Library, the Bookmobile, and online at, opens a new window. Follow us on Facebook, opens a new windowInstagram, opens a new window, and Twitter, opens a new window