Saint Paul Public Library to host community open houses on building design concepts for Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview libraries

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL), and its design partner LSE Architects, will host a series of in-person community open houses on Saturday, April 23, to review updated design concepts and get feedback from the community for Hamline MidwayHayden Heights, and Riverview libraries. This will be the final in-person opportunity for residents to provide feedback on the high-level design concepts before the project team determines final design direction for each library, which will be announced in May. Residents can drop in any time during each open house to learn more about what has been heard so far from community members; review the building design concepts that respond to the community-informed vision for libraries in Saint Paul; and learn more about the high-level costs associated with each concept. Concepts and information from the meeting, as well as a form to provide additional feedback, will be posted online at from April 25 through April 29. 

Community Open House: Riverview Design Direction
WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
WHERE: Riverview Library, 1 George St. E., Saint Paul, MN 55107

Community Open House: Hayden Heights Design Direction
WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55106

Community Open House: Hamline Midway Design Direction
WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104

About Transforming Libraries  
Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) is co-creating a vision to transform library spaces to meet the wants and needs of community members, both now and for the next generation. In 2019, SPPL rewrote its mission, vision, values, and goals through community input. One of the key goals resulting from this process was to invest in spaces that are safe, inviting, affirming and comfortable for people of all cultures, abilities and communities. Community input also helped develop the Facilities Direction, a document that presents a vision and recommendations for investments in library facilities, including the Hamline Midway, Riverview, and Hayden Heights libraries.

SPPL is now in the schematic design process for these three libraries. So far, community input has been collected via community and pop-up meetings, youth-led youth engagement, on-site activities at the library, online and in-person surveys.

Once the design direction for each library has been determined, the schematic design process will continue as designs are refined to meet the unique needs of each community, with more opportunities occurring over the summer for community members to provide feedback. Final schematic designs for each library will be delivered by the project team in July. Learn more at


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