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The Saint Paul Public Library has always been there for us, and always will be. From classes to programs, free digital downloads to good ol’ fashioned books, the Saint Paul Public Library is a friend to everyone. It’s time to rediscover all the library has to offer. You may be surprised…


 What’s Your #BecauseOfTheLibrary Story?

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Tell us why the library is important to you by sharing your story on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, using the hashtag, #BecauseOfTheLibrary. Take a ‘selfie’ with your library card, favorite book, tutor, or whatever it is that makes you love the Saint Paul Public Library. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Stories, photos, and status updates using #BecauseOfTheLibrary will be entered to win weekly prizes such as iPods, e-readers, tablets, t-shirts, and more!

Did you know?

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” You probably knew that. But did you know that the Library offers thousands of free services and programs for children, teens, and adults each year? Resources including homework help, language learning, technology training and software skills are just the tip of the iceberg.  Check out these library users… (click on each image to find more information at SPPL about the highlighted training or resource).

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New Google Stories video profiles Saint Paul Public Library’s Mobile WORKplace

Google Stories feature people around the world who demonstrate passion and a desire to improve their communities. Their newest video profiles the library’s WORKplace program, which provides computer training and job search assistance in several languages for people in Saint Paul, Minnesota.



About The Saint Paul Public Library

The Saint Paul Public Library connects people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime. Saint Paul residents can enjoy free access to technology, books, movies, music, classes, and more at any of the twelve neighborhood libraries, Central Library and Bookmobile.

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Library Roles


The Role of Libraries

Success, literacy, strong communities, and hard-to-find services, what do these all have in common?  These are the values Americans attribute to their local library. Public libraries are at the root of any community, and the services, programs, and materials they offer are essential in promoting literacy and improving lives.

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Library Renovations

SPPL prides itself on keeping up with the times, and to do so we need libraries that can accommodate the needs of our city’s diverse learners, and anticipate the adaptability and technology needs of current and future library users. This year, in addition to ongoing upgrades at several branches, the Library is proud to be completing major renovations on two libraries and opening another!

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Advocate For Your Library

Advocate for strong public support of your library! Thank your City Council member for their leadership and commitment to Saint Paul’s libraries, and ask them to support the position paper prepared annually by The Friends’ Advocacy Committee. It’s because of their steadfast support that we enjoy one of the best libraries of its size in the country.

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The Only Way To Have a Friend Is To Be One

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Started in 1945, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a nonprofit, community membership organization dedicated to supporting the Saint Paul Public Library. With an active board of directors, vital civic and corporate partners, and more than 3,000 members, we are proud to be honored as one of the nation’s premier Friends organizations. The Friends has a nonprofit consulting group, Library Strategies, that provides services to libraries and library organizations across the country and internationally. The Friends also leads the Minnesota Book Awards and serves as the Minnesota Center for the Book – the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

Our Mission:

Stronger libraries for stronger communities

Our Vision:

As an influential voice for libraries, we will ensure the Saint Paul Public Library and libraries in Minnesota, nationally and internationally are vital centers of engaged, educated and diverse communities.

Our Values:

The Friends is guided in its work by:

• Creative, innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to challenging issues;
• Inclusivity and integrity in all its activities;
• Responsible stewardship of its resources in perpetuity.

Your membership strengthens the Saint Paul Public Library and ensures the continued growth of Library services.

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