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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.  

Current openings

Library Customer Service Assistant I (apply by 4:30 p.m. CDT, July 18, 2022)

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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.

The latest news from Saint Paul Public Library.

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.

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.

Community Open Houses on Library Building Design Concepts

Apr 18, 2022
A series of in-person community open houses on Saturday, April 23, to review updated design concepts and get feedback from the community.

Big changes ahead... (Pioneer Press |

Apr 09, 2022
The St. Paul Public Library system plans to bring four of its locations into the 21st century.

Architect inducted into prestigious AIA College of Fellows

Feb 24, 2022
Mohammed Lawal, the CEO and principal architect at LSE Architects in Minneapolis, the architecture and design partner for SPPL.

SPPL to Host Open House for Input on Library Transformations

Feb 19, 2022
SPPL is holding a virtual Community Open House Meeting on February 24 to receive input on the transformation of three library buildings.

Virtual Community Open House for 3 Library Transformations

Feb 18, 2022
Saint Paul Public Library invites community members to a virtual Community Open House Meeting on February 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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