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 after school program, Youth Makerspace, is up and running. The program is for ages 10-16 and runs from 3:00-5:00 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 :).


 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