About The Friends of
the Saint Paul Public Library

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for libraries to strengthen and inspire their communities.

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. The Friends invests in libraries because we believe that libraries are essential to strong communities.


Click here to read our strategic plan.

Here's How We Invest


The Friends advocates for the Library by engaging citizens and elected officials to support and sustain public investment in the Library.

Each year, The Friends works with the Saint Paul Public Library to determine funding priorities and puts together a platform based on those needs. The Friends advocacy committee then presents that platform to the Mayor and City Council to request that the Library funding priorities are part of the City’s annual budget.


We raise funds from thousands of supporters so that the library can offer inspiration, information, and space for people of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.


The Friends connects people to libraries through a range of cultural programs. For more than 25 years, we have offered programs that entertain, enrich, and nourish curious minds.

Our events are always open to the public and most are free. You can make an investment in the library simply by joining us at one of our upcoming programs.


We share our expertise to strengthen libraries nationally and internally through our consulting services, Library Strategies Consulting Group.

LSCG provides a wide range of dynamic services to libraries and affiliated library organizations, specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, advocacy, training, and Friends and foundation development.