welcomeWelcome! 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.

On December 31, 2011 the Lake Elmo branch of Washington County Library System was closed for good. Early in 2012 the city of Lake Elmo took back its statutory authority for a library and appointed a library board.  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.  In September of 2012, the Lake Elmo Public Library opened its doors for the first time.

Today, 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.


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



Attention LEPL patrons!!

  • 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. We are still planning to do some kind of landscape or planters to soften the front, but it is a vast improvement.
  • Further plans are for an improved parking lot as well as installing new restrooms and creating a larger lobby area by the meeting room. No decisions have been made beyond this. There will probably be new plans for the rest of the library by next year, but feedback from patrons advises us to keep the cozy rooms that make this library unique.



Our new library assistant, Sheli, will be in charge of an after-school program, sponsored by The Friends of Lake Elmo Library starting in November. Sheli and Betty are pictured here at the 4th Birthday Party for the Library.


UPDATE: The AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM has begun!! We had our first Makerspace on November 15th from 3:00-5:00. We used freezer paper to create designs and then ironed them on to tee-shirts. We used fabric markers and fabric paint to decorate our designs.  They turned out really well! Stay tuned for pics of our final products. Our next Makerspace will be on Tuesday, November 29th. If you are between the ages of 10 and 18 please join us!


 Friends of Lake Elmo Library

The Friends have been busy raising funds to add to our library budget, provide programs and coffee, tea and hot chocolate and other support. 


Library Director Nate Deprey receives a check for $2,000 from Friends President Karen Johnston. 



The Friends meet every month on the second Thursday at 3 pm at the library. Their annual meeting is December 8 at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come to meetings, no need to be a member.








knit night poster