By Terry Giinther
Saint Paul Public Library offers opportunities to enjoy reading and learning at home, at the beach, at the park, at the cabin, or while traveling. The library is also a cool, welcoming place to spend a hot afternoon with a book or magazine.
West Seventh Library, 265 Oneida St., is one of the smaller library branches, but it is a neighborhood hidden gem. The books, DVDs, and other materials are non-holdable, which means that some of the most popular novels, movies, and more are on the shelf available for visitors to check out right away. Other library branches offer lucky day collections of non-holdable books and DVDs, but West Seventh Library’s entire collection is a Lucky Day collection for the patrons who visit.
George Latimer Central Library downtown on Rice Park has a much larger collection offering three floors of books, magazines, computers, comfortable reading areas, a maker space for adults, and more. It is the perfect place for any age to escape the heat and learn, discover and grow—or simply enjoy a good read in a quiet, comfortable space. Families with children can play and make themselves at home in the roomy play areas that include toys, games, and family computers.
Saint Paul Public Library is also portable. There are over a quarter million e-book, audiobook and magazine titles available to download using the Libby app to read or listen to using a smartphone or tablet. With a free library card, anyone can visit sppl.org/libby to bring the library with them wherever they go. If you don’t have a library card, visit West Seventh Library, George Latimer Central Library, or any other library location and get your card today: sppl.org/locations
West 7th Public Library Hours
The library at 265 Oneida St. is open Mondays, Thursdays 12:30-8 pm, Tuesdays 11:30 am-5:30 pm and Wednesdays, Fridays 10 am-5:30 pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays.
By Terry Giinther