The George Latimer Central Library is closed for renovations.

All library locations will be closed on Monday, October 12.

Mission and Vision


We connect people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime.


We are a cornerstone of a thriving city: welcoming people of all ages and cultures; strengthening neighborhoods and learning networks; and inspiring all with the world of ideas.

Strategic Goals

We Advance Saint Paul's Learning Priorities

  • Every child ready for K
  • Student success in school and life
  • Essential workforce skills

We Are Sound Stewards of Public and Private Funds

  • Library resources aligned with key community partners
  • Leverage collective impact and learning networks
  • Fulfill Public Service Promise
    • Welcoming, respectful, and equitable service
    • A customer-centered public environment
    • Attentive, skilled staff
    • Personalized service

Our Libraries Are Active Centers of Engaged Communities

  • Residents engaged in neighborhood, cultural, and civic life
  • Volunteers and mentors strengthen library service and neighborhoods

Strategic Planning

How did we come up with our mission, vision, and strategies? Read about the 2010 Strategic Planning process.