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We support libraries through fundraising, advocacy, and cultural programming.

More Than Books

Libraries are the best way to strengthen communities because they connect individuals of every age, ethnicity, and background with resources that enrich and improve lives.

Maker Spaces

The library provides technology and space for innovation. Saint Paul resident, Rachel created a package prototype at the George Latimer Central Library.

Small Business Resources

The library helps the local economy. Darren and Oie were able to start their own company using small business resources at Central Library.

Homework Help

The library provides educational support. Ramla's daughter improved her grades thanks to homework help at the Arlington Hills Community Center.

Digital Literacy Training

The library provides opportunity to grow your skills. One of our patrons, Nancy got promoted after taking a digital literacy class at the Rondo Library.

Zhen Tu's Story

There is no better way to understand the impact of the Library than through the personal stories of those who rely on it for learning and inspiration. Zhen Tu first came to the Library as a young girl after moving to the US from China. Watch the story of how the Library helped her become the person she is today.

Has the Public Library Made an Impact in Your Life or Community?

Here's How The Friends Invests

Even in a city that loves its libraries, public funding isn’t enough for libraries to provide all the important resources that residents seek.

The Library, part of the City of Saint Paul, depends on The Friends to support those resources. As an independent nonprofit, The Friends invests in libraries so that they, and the communities they serve, thrive.

We Raise Money

We Advocate

We Produce Programming

We Consult

Stronger Libraries for Stronger Communities

“I don’t know how to help my child with their homework, so this helps them. We love it here, and the kids want to come.”

– Safiya, mother

“This storytime means so much to me because my kids get to learn their native language.”

– Po, parent

“The library brings people together. It’s a place to come together around community and information.”

– Darren, small-business owner

“The best thing about this program is that it has all the resources a low-income student may need to do well in school… along with a safe learning environment for students to work.”

– Mai Xee, student

The need for a strong library is greater than ever.

Upcoming Events

Books & Bars: “The Annie Year “ @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: "The Annie Year " @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions). Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club. No registration required.

5:00 Happy Hour Social | 6:15 Discussion

The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (author attending)

 Tall, trusted Tandy Caide, CPA, is a long-time patron of the arts in her town, which is why you will find her sitting in the front row of the high school’s annual musical production. But embarking on an affair with the new vocational agriculture teacher leads to instant repercussions in Tandy’s small town. Soon she is dealing with the secrets of an old lover, her husband’s breakdown, and exploding meth labs, all somehow tied to her ex-best friend’s daughter – the star of this year’s Annie. As Tandy pieces together the puzzle that has become her life, it becomes clear she must embark on a journey of self-discovery that might even include leaving town for good.

Author Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a former editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and one of the literary/musical comedians behind the Lit 6 Project, the Electric Arc Radio Show, and Don’t Crush Our Heart! (the world’s only twee-pop courtroom drama musical). Currently she directs editorial services at Gustavus Adolphus College and splits her time between Minneapolis and Mankato.

Human Rights Film Series: “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America” @ Saint Anthony Park Library
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm
Human Rights Film Series: "Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America" @ Saint Anthony Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

About the event:

When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the journey across the desert in search of the American dream. Twenty-three years later, as an undocumented gay man in rural North Carolina, Serrano is forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home. This award-winning documentary chronicles his personal journey as an activist fighting for equality, all while trying to forge a path for his own future.

Presented in partnership with the Advocates for Human Rights. A moderated discussion follows the film.


Buster Keaton Silent Comedies @ Hayden Heights Library
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

One Week My Wife's Relations

Join us for two sidesplitting short films starring one of the most beloved comedians of the silent era. This special event will feature Buster Keaton’s masterpieces, “One Week” and “My Wife’s Relations,” with a live musical score by Dreamland Faces.

“One Week” (1920, 19 minutes)
Buster and his new bride receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. (“Easy to assemble! Construction takes only one week!”) Things get complicated when Buster’s rival swaps the numbers on the crates containing the house parts and everything begins to go wrong.

“My Wife’s Relations” (1922, 22 minutes)

Through a judicial error Buster finds himself married to a burly Irishwoman with an unfriendly father and four bullying brothers. The whole family mistreats Buster until they mistakenly come to believe that he is due a huge inheritance. The resulting chaos leads to a wild chase and ends with Buster on a train headed for America’s divorce capital, Reno, NV.

DREAMLAND FACES is a musical project of Andy McCormick and Karen Majewicz. They have composed scores for more than fifty silent films and regularly play live shows throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Find out more and listen to samples of their work at

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Blog

Featured Post

Zhen Tu’s Library Story

October 10, 2017

Watch Zhen Tu’s story   Dear Friends Supporter, A very big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and made the 14th annual Opus & Olives fundraising gala a huge success. Together, we supported the incredible work of the Saint Paul Public Library and raised a LOT of money to continue our efforts in the year…

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More From the Blog

Authors on what the Minnesota Book Awards means to them

November 8, 2017

We sat down with three incredible Minnesota Book Award-winning authors to find out just what the Book Awards have meant to them. Following are our interviews with Maureen Millea Smith, 2007 Novel & Short Story winner for When Charlotte Came Home, Shannon Gibney, 2016 Young People’s Literature winner for See No Color, and David Housewright,…

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The Evolution of the Minnesota Book Awards and Why it Matters

October 4, 2017

Dear Reader, As we begin our 30th anniversary season of the Minnesota Book Awards, I can’t help but reflect on the storied history of the program and how many times it almost ceased to exist. In addition to the gratitude I will convey to certain individuals who fought to save it over the years, I…

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Tom Perrotta on the guitar and libraries

October 3, 2017

We are so thrilled that Tom Perrotta will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Tom a couple questions to help fans get to know him better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I play rhythm guitar in a…

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The need for a strong library is greater than ever.