Libraries

James J. Hill Library Photo: Payton Chung

The Saint Paul Public Library traces its earliest beginnings to 1856 when the newly formed Young Men's Christian Association opened a reading room. The following year, both the Saint Paul Library Association and the Mercantile Library Association also were organized. These early efforts all merged in 1863 into the Saint Paul Library Association.

In 1879, under the leadership of Alexander Ramsey (who had served as Mayor, Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Secretary of War), the Library Association proposed that the City accept responsibility for their collections and establish it as a free public library. Finally, on September 7, 1882, the city council approved an appropriation of $5,000 to establish the Saint Paul Public Library. By this date, the collection had grown to include 8,051 books.

Another milestone for the Library came in 1945, with the establishment of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Through the years, the Friends has grown to become a key partner with the City in the provision of library service, through fundraising, programming and advocacy. The Friends is now nationally recognized as one of the best library support organizations in the nation. Today, the Saint Paul Public Library system consists of Central Library, 12 branches, and a bookmobile.

The Saint Paul Library system is an information resource for everyone from children doing homework to adults reading their favorite periodicals on a leisurely afternoon. Offering literary, historical, and cultural events, the City of Saint Paul and the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library provide learning opportunities for eager minds. Library buildings are a calm, safe environment and all entries are handicap-accessible. The following is a list of locations and hours. For further information visit www.stpaul.lib.mn.us

 

Library Monday TuesdayWednesday Thursday Friday SaturdaySunday
Arlington Hills
1200 Payne Ave
651.632.3870
10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm1:00pm-
5:00pm
Central Library
90 Fourth St
651.266.7000
12:00pm- 8:00pm9:00am- 5:30pm9:00am- 5:30pm9:00am- 5:30pm9:00am- 5:30pm11:00am- 5:00pm1:00pm- 5:00pm
Dayton's Bluff
645 7th St
651.793.1699
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am- 5:00pm1:00pm- 5:00pm
Hamline Midway
1558 Minnehaha
651.642.0293
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am- 5:00pmCLOSED
Hayden Heights
1456 White Bear
651.793.3934
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am- 5:00pmCLOSED
Highland Park
Closed for renovations
Reopening
November 16, 2014
1974 Ford Pkwy
651.695.3700
       
Merriam Park
1831 Marshall Ave
651.642.0385
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am-5:00pmCLOSED
Rice Street
1011 Rice St
651.558.2223
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am- 5:00pm1:00pm- 5:00pm
Riverview
1 East George St
651.292.6626
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am- 5:00pmCLOSED
Rondo Community
461 Dale St
651.266.7400
10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm1:00pm- 5:00pm
Saint Anthony
2245 Como Ave
651.642.0411
12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:00pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm11:30am- 5:00pmCLOSED
Sun Ray
Closed for renovations
2105 Wilson Ave
651.501.6300
       
West Seventh
265 Oneida St
651.298.5516
12:30pm- 8:00pm11:30am- 5:30pm10:00am- 5:30pm12:30pm- 8:00pm10:00am- 5:30pmCLOSEDCLOSED
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