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.

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.



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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