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At SPPL we are grounded in our values and focused on our mission, opens a new window: we welcome all people to connect, learn, discover, and grow. This includes our staff members. We strive to uphold a safe, inclusive, and creative environment where staff members feel supported in the day-to-day, empowered to innovate, and, ultimately, prepared to advance in their field.  

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Recent Initiatives

The following recent initiatives showcase our values in action. All SPPL staff members played a role in these efforts.  

About Saint Paul

Mayor Melvin Carter took office in 2018 with a vision to create "a city that works for all." This means discovering and dismantling systemic inequities so that all people can advance and thrive in Saint Paul.

Learn more about how the city is working together to accomplish this shared vision.

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The latest news from Saint Paul Public Library

Activities for kids at St. Paul Public Libraries (

Nov 14, 2022
St. Paul Public Libraries are hosting events designed for the youngest kids to grow their confidence, character, and creativity.

St. Paul library officials unveil library designs

Nov 01, 2022
St. Paul officials on Monday released final building designs and floor plans for the Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights and Riverview…

Library renderings, open houses for library remodels

Nov 01, 2022
The St. Paul Public Library system has unveiled new renderings for major remodels of the Hayden Heights and Riverview libraries, as well as…

Message from Catherine Penkert, Library Director

A message from Library Director Catherine Penkert as she steps away from her role as director.
Saint Paul Public Library invites community members to provide feedback through new survey, interactive library dream board.

Provide Feedback Through New Survey, Interactive Dream Board

Aug 24, 2022
Your are invited to participate in a 3rd community survey to provide input on interior design elements for library transformation projects.

St. Paul looks to libraries as frontier of community safety

Jul 22, 2022
St. Paul is investing $1.5 million in federal dollars into the public library system to enhance public safety.

Celebrate a Transformed Innovation Lab

Jun 15, 2022
Celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the transformed Innovation Lab on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at George Latimer Central Library.

St. Paul to rebuild Hamline Midway Library, remodel 2 others

Jun 01, 2022
A 92-year-old library is set to be demolished to make way for a larger, more accessible branch. Hamline Midway Library in St. Paul will be…

As libraries drop late fees, long-overdue books return

May 31, 2022
Minnesota libraries went fine-free, then waited to see: Would patrons hoard all the books?

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal - May 27, 2022

May 31, 2022
St. Paul will replace Hamline-Midway library, overhaul Hayden Heights and Riverview

3 St. Paul libraries to get major makeovers

May 31, 2022
The St. Paul Public Library has revealed plans to transform the Riverview, Hayden Heights and Hamline Midway branches. "We have spent the…

Big Changes Announced for 3 St. Paul Libraries

May 26, 2022
Following more than a year of outreach and sometimes pitched debate, the St. Paul Public Library system has unveiled renovation plans.

St. Paul reveals final plans for $18M in upgrades

May 26, 2022
St. Paul is planning nearly $18 million in upgrades for 3 libraries, including a complete rebuild of the 92-year-old Hamline Midway branch.
Saint Paul Public Library announces design direction details for Hamline Midway, Hayden Hieghts, and Riverview Libraries.

Design Directions Announced for Three Libraries

May 26, 2022
Announcing the design direction for three Saint Paul library transformation projects at Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview.

Next chapter for local libraries

May 26, 2022
Major projects are underway to make libraries in the St. Paul Voice readership area more inviting and user friendly.

Library Journal names Xenia Hernández 2022 Mover & Shaker

May 03, 2022
Xenia Hernández has collaborated with agencies and nonprofits to help families and businesses impacted by the pandemic's economic fallout.
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