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to your library

Saint Paul Public Library welcomes you to connect, learn, participate, and grow.

Library services, events, and programs are free and open to everyone.

Learn & Discover

Learn & Discover

Get Started with Libby

E-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines are available in Libby. Here's how you can get started with using Libby on your mobile device.

Createch

Createch is created by teens for teens, ages, 12-18 to explore creative talents, pursue their interests, and spark new passions.

Innovation Lab

For tinkerers, entrepreneurs, artists, hobbyists, inventors, and the just plain curious. Free membership is required.

Watch: Celebrate Fine Free

Video highlights from the library's Fine Free celebration at Sun Ray Library on January 19, 2019.
Three teens pose for the camera in celebratory stances. All teens are wearing 3D printed "Deal With It" glasses that they won.

Createch: A Day in the Life

Createch is created by teens for teens, ages, 12-18 to explore creative talents, pursue their interests, and spark new passions. From video games with friends to art projects, everyday in Createch looks different.

For example, Arlington Hills Createch recently hosted a Smash Bros tournament at Arlington Hills Createch. Teens could compete for the title and bragging rights of a Smash Bros champion. Everyone enjoyed a night of snacks and games. The top three players were awarded their 'deal with it' glasses, made on one of Createch's 3-D printers, and a gift card to the console of their choice. 

Innovation Lab: Bringing Ideas to Life

A maker-space for adults, the Innovation Lab has something for everyone--whether you are a tinkerer, entrepreneur, artist, hobbyist, inventor, or just plain curious.

Take Rebecca, for example. Rebecca is a maker by trade. She heard about the Innovation Lab last year from a friend but hadn't had the chance to come in and explore the space until June, after she ordered a sneaker kit.
Upon completing the Innovation Lab orientation and watching the training videos online, Rebecca booked a four-hour appointment to try laser engraving for the first time—taking her handmade kicks to the next level in the process. “In the Innovation Lab, I was given the opportunity to have my own hands-on experience and become my own expert—having the freedom to use this equipment was very empowering.”

Explore Our Spaces

Meet in Your Library

Looking for a great place to host a meeting? Look no further than your local library. Whether you're hosting a team brainstorming session, community gathering, presentation, or board meeting, our library offers great spaces to connect with each other.

Play & Learn Spaces for Young Children and Families

Saint Paul Public Library is committed to creating dedicated spaces for young children and families to learn through play. Our colorful spaces are filled with comfortable areas to read, build, imagine, and create together.

The Library has been working to update play and learn spaces in all library locations to be community-informed and reflect the cultures of each of Saint Paul's unique neighborhoods.

Play and Learn

New Children's Area at Rondo Community Library

Rondo's transformed Children's Area features flexible furniture, art, interactive play spaces designed to stimulate learning and socializing
Saint Paul Public Library invites community members to provide feedback through new survey, interactive library dream board

Unveiling of Transformed Arlington Hills Children's Area

Apr 28, 2022
Complete and celebrate a transformation of the library’s children’s area with PNC, Heart of America, Mayor Carter, and Counclimember Yang.

Children's Area Transformed at Rice Street Library

The Children's Area at Rice Street Library underwent a transformation.

KARE 11: Rondo Library updates children's area

Apr 26, 2023
St. Paul Public Library hosted a ribbon-cutting at that library Tuesday to unveil and celebrate the transformed children's area.

Exchange Ideas & Build Community

Experience Programs and Events that Celebrate the Vibrant Saint Paul Community

Read Brave 2023

Read Brave 2023

Read Brave connects readers of all ages to one another through one theme, five books, and events. The theme for 2023 is mental health.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrating and sharing the arts, culture, and stories of the AAPI community in Saint Paul. Events are free. All are welcome.

July is Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month is an annual celebration of disability pride, resilience, and visibility.

ToshoCon 2023

Welcome to ToshoCon 2023, the free and fun anime convention hosted by the Saint Paul Public Library!

Read Brave: Harnessing the Power of Books

Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s citywide, intergenerational reading program that connects readers of all ages to one another through one theme, books and their authors, programs, and a call to action. Read Brave takes place annually in March.

The Library intentionally identifies a theme that directly aligns with city issues that impact our community. We use the power of books to spark brave conversations about topics that can be challenging to talk about with others. For example, the 2023 theme was mental health and the main book was Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

Read Brave celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2023 and has impacted the lives of thousands of Saint Paul students and residents who have participated in the program throughout the year.

"[Read Brave Talk Brave was an] incredible, wide-ranging discussion that left me filled with optimism for our future, and grateful to live in St. Paul."

Unlock Potential & New Possibilities

Unlock Potential & New Possibilities

Homework Help

Homework help, resources, helpful volunteer tutors, and places to study.

Open Lab

Need help getting connected, navigating online tools, or finding career resources? We’re here to help!

Resources for Job Seekers, Entrepreneurs, & Small Businesses

Find jobs and careers, small business, entrepreneurship, computer and job skills resources.

Learn to Use Online Resources

The Library gives you free access to an ever-growing array of digital resources, including e-books from OverDrive and cloudLibrary, digital…

Reading Together Program Inspires Young Readers

Last year--every Thursday, Clara, who was in 2nd grade, and her mentor, Ollie, met to practice reading as part of the Library’s Reading Together program. During one particular reading session, Ollie and Clara talked about how to write a book. Motivated and inspired, Clara spent more than two hours writing a story and drawing pictures to go with it. Clara’s mom said Ollie had made a big impression on her daughter. “She’s a kid who typically would rather watch cartoons than read or write on a Saturday morning...this just shows the power of mentors and representation.”

Stay in the Know

Volunteer

We couldn't do everything we do without the help of hundreds of volunteers. If you are 16 or older, find out how to get involved.

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