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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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After dropping late fees, St. Paul libraries see a boost

Nine months in, the Saint Paul Public Library's fine-free experiment appears to be thriving.  "By every measure we had hoped…

Publishers, please don't limit e-book access

One of the promises of a public library is to offer free access to ideas and information. Macmillan Publishers will make that more difficult

Winners Announced for the 2019 Minnesota Author Project

This year’s winners of the Minnesota Author Project contest for self-published writers are Sarah Hanley and Steve South.

WSJ: Finally, Feel Free to Return That Library Book

Since St. Paul killed overdue fines, some branches have seen a double-digit percentage increase in circulation.

Knight Foundation invests $100,000 in Innovation Center

Six St. Paul initiatives focused on building community through arts, culture, education and outreach will share $2.15 million in grants.

Resources for homeless individuals to seek housing

Learn about a program in Ramsey County for homeless individuals to seek housing.

SPPL, Reach Out and Read MN launch new multilingual poster

Saint Paul Public Libraries and Reach Out and Read Minnesota are thrilled to share with you our new multilingual and posters.

Amazing Libraries: PBS Books highlights 2019 Drag Story Hour

PBS Books highlights the library's Drag Story Hour series as part of its national Amazing Libraries series.

Celebrate the State Fair with book reviews...on a stick!

We've updated the tradition of every food imaginable on a stick for the library. Enjoy these quick staff book reviews...on a stick!

Youth Services will be closed in September for renovations

The Youth Services department at George Latimer Central Library will be unavailable to the public for all of September 2019.

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.
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