*Due to our Washington County transition the library will be closed from December 24th-January 1st. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Check out this blast from the past! First, a video, created by our very own Judy Gibson, that chronicles the first year of the current Lake Elmo Public Library (music by Butch Thompson), and a slideshow created by Renee Murray and her husband, Cam that tells the story of the start of the library. It even includes a tour of the library – enjoy!

I wanted to thank everyone who gave the Lake Elmo Library Board feedback on our survey and/or by attending the May 3rd Library Board meeting.  It felt good to have so many people engaged in the process to decide whether or not to rejoin the Washington County Library System. We were fully aware that the Lake Elmo Branch was closed by the system a few years back and went into the decision being mindful of our fiduciary duties of loyalty and care.

By the survey we could tell that an overwhelming majority of Lake Elmo residents wanted to keep a library location in Lake Elmo and also rejoin the Washington County System so they would be able to access the benefits of Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).
“Enriching the Community is our Mission.”
Tom DeGree
LEPL President
UPDATE: On Monday, May 15, the Lake Elmo Public Library Board voted 6-2 to go forward with regard to library services in Lake Elmo. The final resolution between Lake Elmo and Washington County can be viewed here –  Resolution


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Be sure to check out our online eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive.



Construction update 

  • Plans for an improved parking lot have been discussed, but no decisions have been made beyond this. There may be plans for the rest of the library in the future, but feedback from patrons advises us to keep the cozy rooms that make this library unique.




Our after school program, Youth Makerspace, is on hold for the moment. We are in the midst of rejoining the Washington County Library System and are unsure how the transfer will affect our programming.  The program is for ages 10-16 and takes place weekly (last school year the Makerspace ran from 3:30-5:00 on Tuesdays, but we are not sure what time it will happen once it starts up again). We would love to hear your feedback on what time works best for you, please let us know! Every week we will be working on a different project – it might be Arts related or S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related depending on the week. What you make is yours to take home! Please join us for learning, creating, and having fun :). My (Sheli) email address is:





The Friends meet every month on the second Thursday at 3 pm at the library. Everyone is welcome to come to meetings, no need to be a member. 








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