SPPL 2022


Saint Paul Public Library's Strategic Direction for 2019-2022.

"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


Impact Report 2020 (PDF)

Download the 2020 Impact Report.

Impact Report 2019 (PDF)

Download the 2019 Impact Report.

Download the Strategic Direction (PDF)

Download Saint Paul Public Library's Strategic Direction for 2019-2022 (PDF)


Explore SPPL's new strategic direction.

Watch: Celebrate Fine Free

Video highlights from the library's Fine Free celebration at Sun Ray Library on January 19, 2019.

YOUR Library - Now Fine Free

Learn about the library's elimination of daily late fines.


We believe in the power of belonging.


We believe in connection.


We believe in curiosity.


We believe that learning is a human right.

Download the Strategic Direction (PDF)

Download Saint Paul Public Library's Strategic Direction for 2019-2022 (PDF)

Strategic Plan Resources

A list of resources consulted during the strategic planning process.

Strategic Plan Timeline

Learn more about the timeline for the strategic plan project.

Community Insights

Our community engagement sessions were dynamic, energizing, uplifting, and eye-opening. We heard from thousands of people.

Community Learning Process

To inform our strategic planning goals, we completed four major learning and engagement efforts between March and May 2018.

Meet the Strategic Planning Team

Many people were instrumental to the creation of the Library’s new strategic direction.
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