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.


Attention LEPL patrons!!!

Throughout the summer Lake Elmo Avenue in front of the Lake Elmo Public Library will be closed for construction. During this time we are encouraging library patrons, volunteers and staff to access the library from Laverne Avenue where there is a large gravel parking lot between the library and the baseball field. 

At times the sidewalk on Lake Elmo Ave. will be closed, but the east side of the building is fully accessible via the alley behind the building. We have also moved the library book drop back to the east side of the building.


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Summer Reading 2016!!! LakeElmoPublicLibrary_LeftChest_Polos_Page_1

Dates June 8 thru August 17.

For children ages 5 thru 14.

July 27

Movie MIRACLE:  

watch the MN hockey team’s path to Olympic gold.

Relay:  Olympic ring toss and the hockey shuffle.


Our goal is to motivate children to read and use library resources.
Special events are held every Wednesday at 3pm including a magician, a dietitian, an author and a puppeteer plus five programs led by teens.
Registration is available on-line and at the library.

Register Online HERE


After you’ve registered for Summer Reading 2016  put together a team for Library Olympics Relay Race and sign your team up by clicking HERE

Each weeks special event will end with a relay competition. Relay instructions will be given to participants the day of the relay. Each teams points will be posted at the library weekly.

Library Olympics Relay Race Team Rules
● Ten Weeks Ten Relay Races
● June 8th August 17 th
● Team sizes: 3 to 4
    ○ OK to substitute team member if on vacation
    ○ A participant may only be in ONE relay group
● Ages 5-14
    ○ Team organization dependent on average age of
● Prizes: Tickets to the Science Museum
● Scoring for teams:
    ○ 1 st place: 4 points
    ○ 2 nd place: 3 points
    ○ 3 rd place: 2 points
    ○ Participation: 1 point

Download and print out a copy of the Olympic Relay Race Team Rules by clicking HERE


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