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 

  • We finally have a nice smooth sidewalk that comes up to the front door without a step or ramp. We can thank Washington County, Nate and, Steve DeLapp for accomplishing this.
  • Further plans are for an improved parking lot. 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, will go through June and then start up again in the fall. The program is for ages 10-16 and runs from 3:30-5:30 every Tuesday (there are exceptions so check the calendar or call before you come in). 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 :).

Here is what we are doing in JUNE: Tuesday, the 6th – Artwork Candles, Tuesday, the 13th – Tie Dying, Tuesday,the 27th – Silicone Molds (part one of making semi-precious stone soaps), July, the TBD – Part II of Semi-Precious Stone Soaps.


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.








knit night poster