George Latimer Central Library
One of Saint Paul’s most historic structures, the George Latimer Central Library remains the largest branch of Saint Paul Public Library and the heart of the entire system. Today, George Latimer Central Library houses approximately 350,000 books and other materials in its collection and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually. Steeped in history, this library remains a vital educational and cultural resource for the people of Saint Paul.
In 1909, work began on a new building, and the next year, the library’s site on Rice Park was chosen. Railroad baron James J. Hill offered to contribute funds for a reference library attached to the public library, and additional monies were raised through a subscription campaign, a bequest from Greenleaf Clark, and the sale of bonds. Finally, ground was broken for Central Library in 1914. The entire building, including the Hill Reference Library, was completed in 1917 at a cost of approximately $1.5 million. – from SPPL website
Notes/Location Detail/Unique Events:
Located at 90 West Fourth Street, on the block bordered by 4th Street, Washington Street, Kellogg Boulevard, and Market Street.
The Innovation Lab on the 3rd Floor is one of the coolest resources in the city for creative types. It features a laser engraver, 3D printers, vinyl cutter, sewing machines, digitization equipment, recording studio, button maker, and more!