Welcome! The Lake Elmo Public Library serves all members of the community by providing access to informational, educational and recreational materials. Explore our website! You will find tools, information, resources and other interesting links.

In September of 2012, the Lake Elmo Public Library opened its doors for the first time. Early in 2011 the city of Lake Elmo took back its statutory authority for a library and appointed a library board. The Lake Elmo branch of Washington County Library System was closed on Dec. 31, 2011. A huge community effort of volunteers worked on creating the library from scratch. A building was found, and at the same time the Friends of Lake Elmo Library operated an interim library loaning out books and other items so the community would not be without a library for even one day.

Today, in three short years, the municipal library has issued more than 2100 library cards to community members, has a collection of over 16,000 books and other materials, an eBook collection, programs for adults and children, community resources such as a copy machine, printer, fax and computers for the public, as well as public meeting rooms. Lake Elmo Public Library is currently a pleasant, welcoming space, that volunteers created out of an old building, and a love for libraries and community.

Explore our website and visit us. You are always welcome at the library in downtown Lake Elmo.

1000 Book Before Kindergarten Update!!!

In celebration of

National Children’s Book Week

Lake Elmo Public Library


Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program will have its annual recognition event

on Friday, May 6 at 10:30 am during story time.

Author Catherine Thimmesh will share a story and craft with the children.

SAVE THE DATE.  You will be contacted to confirm reading logs.

This event is not only for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten participants but is

open to ALL children and their families!!!




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