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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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Educators at several St. Paul schools with large Hmong populations struggled to find materials in their own language and with portrayals of…
Artists and collaborators Gita Ghei, Melvin Giles, and Aki Shibata have a vision for Rondo Community Library.
Listen to Seeking Home MN, recorded at SPPL. This episode features Valerie, a woman who is currently experiencing homelessness.
Meg Medina, the 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul author of Burn Baby Burn, was awarded the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
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…
"The needs of the community show up in the library. The library is public space. Whatever is happening in the world shows up here.”
Patrons in St. Paul no longer have to pay late fees, and the policy gets rave reviews.
Happy New Year! 2018 was a transformational year for Saint Paul Public Library.
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.
Melvin Carter has been at the lead in St. Paul for nearly a year. But rarely has Jana Shortal seen him as jazzed as he is about breaking…
The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve it's 2019 budget Wednesday.
"Through focused conversations, Read Brave helps us better understand [housing] challenges, so we can address those challenges together."
St. Paul residents stand on the cusp of amnesty for library late fees. On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council is set to approve the…
Beth Burns, President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, is proud to support Mayor Carter’s proposal to eliminate late fines
The idea is to encourage families who have stayed away because of accumulated fines to return to the library and the worlds that it opens.…
MPR News Staff · Aug 29, 2018 St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter says he's making the city's library system the first in the state to eliminate...
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