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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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Design Your Library: Facilities Master Plan

The library is developing a new facilities master plan that will guide the renovation and use of our buildings. Take the survey!

Catalyst | Conversations: Eric Klinenberg

Dec 10th | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center
Eric Klinenberg will discuss his work and his book "Palaces for the People" at Landmark Center.

SPPL named a Leading Innovator for Fine Free

Saint Paul Public Library named a Leading Innovator for its elimination of daily late fines in early 2019.

Take Action: Access to Library E-Books Under Threat  

You might soon have to wait longer for new e-book releases due to severe licensing restrictions imposed on libraries by publishers.

Createch student artwork displayed at the M Museum

Partners in Action: A Community Exhibition was on view at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) October 3 – 27, 2019

Introducing the Vinyl Room at Merriam Park Library

To meet the need the vinyl community and to share its unique value to new users, we are introducing The Vinyl Room at Merriam Park.

In Minnesota libraries, community is part of the collection

Rondo library In St. Paul is a busy place on a weeknight. Kids run around; meeting rooms are full of people taking ESL classes

All SPPS 2nd graders will visit their local library branch

The $95K grant will strengthen the partnership between Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) and Saint Paul Public Schools.

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.
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