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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, participate, 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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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

Out Loud at the Library - Spoken word, poetry, song writing, open mic night. Free artist-led workshops Wednesday nights in May at George Latimer Central Library. Find a workshop.

Free Workshop Series with Local Artists

Apr 25, 2024
Free creative workshops led by local artists Kashimana Ahua, Desdamona, Sun Yung Shin, and Kyle Tran Myhre.
April 6, 20, and 24. Music Mosaic. Concerts for all ages. Learn more.

Music Mosaic, a Free Classical Music Concert Series April

Mar 28, 2024
Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) and Saint Paul Conservatory of Music (SPCM) is hosting a series of pop-up classical concerts in April.

Additional Laser Loon Library Cards are Now Available

Feb 29, 2024
We've made more copies of our free, limited-edition Laser Loon library card for Saint Paul residents!

New Mobile Library Launches in May

Feb 27, 2024
Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) today announced it is unveiling a new, state-of-the-art Mobile Library in May.

Limited-Edition Laser Loon Library Card Available

Feb 13, 2024
Free limited-edition Laser Loon library cards available at all library locations while supplies last.

Fine-free libraries: St. Paul reflects after five years...

Jan 29, 2024
It’s been five years since St. Paul Public Library dropped overdue fines, and patrons are still finding relief at the front desk.

SPPL offers Hispanic Heritage Celebración programs this Fall

Oct 13, 2023
Celebrating the arts, culture, and stories of the Hispanic and Latine community in Saint Paul with events at local libraries this fall.

Maureen Hartman Tapped as St. Paul Public Libraries Director

May 12, 2023
Maureen Hartman has been appointed director of the St. Paul Public Library system by Mayor Melvin Carter, it was announced May 12, 2023.

Mayor Carter Appoints Maureen Hartman as Library Director

May 12, 2023
Today, Mayor Carter named Maureen Hartman as the next director of the Saint Paul Public Library.
Saint Paul Public Library offers free programming to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May

Free Programming to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

May 09, 2023
Celebrating the arts, culture, and stories of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Saint Paul.

Hamline Midway Library will be close beginning May 28, 2023

The Hamline Midway Library will be closed for construction beginning May 28, 2023

Things to Do: Read Brave

Feb 23, 2023
"Read Brave" about mental health is the theme of St. Paul Public Library’s citywide, intergenerational reading program, now in its 10th year

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.
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