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Learn more about Saint Paul Public Library!  


At SPPL we are grounded in our values and focused on our mission: 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.  


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


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.


Welcome to the Bold North! The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are ranked among the nation’s top 10 most affordable metropolitan areas and first among the nation’s healthiest cities. Both cities boast top-rated parks systems and, of course, excellent libraries. We enjoy plenty of sports and recreation, a vibrant local arts and culture scene, and a good balance between urban life and green space.  

Find out more about living, working, and thriving in the Twin Cities at  


The latest news from Saint Paul Public Library.

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PBS Books Profiles the Innovation Lab

PBS Books profiles the Innovation Lab at George Latimer Central as part of its "Amazing Libraries" series.

The Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities

Libraries are perfect, if unexpected, institutions to connect people to nature.

Pioneer Press: Unblocking cards boosted library use

Ditching library fines this winter resulted in the first circulation boost for the St. Paul Public Library system in years.

Northern Spark at Rondo Community Library

Rondo Library will be a satellite site for Northern Spark, a late night art festival that lights up the Twin Cities, June 14-15.

Saint Paul Public Library announces 2019 summer activities

y! Summer Spark, the library's flagship summer learning program, kicks off on June 1.

Our City, Our Budget

Help us move Saint Paul forward with a budget that meets our needs today and gives all of us the chance to thrive in the future.

Looking for books that reflect diverse students

Educators at several St. Paul schools with large Hmong populations struggled to find materials in their own language and with portrayals of…

Local artists selected to transform Rondo Library's exterior

Artists and collaborators Gita Ghei, Melvin Giles, and Aki Shibata have a vision for Rondo Community Library.

Seeking Home MN: Valerie's Story

Listen to Seeking Home MN, recorded at SPPL. This episode features Valerie, a woman who is currently experiencing homelessness.

Meg Medina wins Newbery Medal

Meg Medina, the 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul author of Burn Baby Burn, was awarded the prestigious John Newbery Medal.

Fireside Series features Sarah Stonich

Built in 1930, the Hamline Midway Library in St. Paul is a lovely old brick building with bay windows, a grand front entrance and a…

SPPL social worker helps patrons in need

"The needs of the community show up in the library. The library is public space. Whatever is happening in the world shows up here.”

Star Tribune: Library late fees scrapped

Patrons in St. Paul no longer have to pay late fees, and the policy gets rave reviews.

2018 in Photos: Top Moments

Happy New Year! 2018 was a transformational year for Saint Paul Public Library.

Saint Paul Paul Library goes fine-free

The St. Paul Public Library system has officially done away with overdue fines — but you’d still get charged for materials you don’t return.
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