Ramsey County Library

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Ramsey County Library is a library system that operates in suburban Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The system has seven branches. The library started in the 1920s when the extension division of the Saint Paul Public Library provided books for various public schools in the county outside of Saint Paul. It was officially established by the county in 1951. The library system is governed by a seven-member Library Board appointed by Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. The "Friends of the Ramsey County Library" was formed in 1979 as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the libraries. It is a member of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, a consortium of eight Twin Cities library systems. Today more than 600,000 items are available in the Ramsey County Library collection, growing from 43,000 items in 1954. More than 1.6 million people visit the seven RCPL libraries annually.[1]


Maplewood opened in 2007, Mounds View opened in 1990, New Brighton opened in 2011, North St. Paul opened in 2005, Roseville opened in 1993 and was remodeled in 2010, Shoreview opened in 2016, and White Bear Lake opened in 1974. The White Bear Lake location closed for remodeling on June 5, 2014, and reopened in February 2015.


  • Ruth Palmer 1951-1969 (County Librarian 1939-1951)
  • Phyllis Olmen 1970 (acting director)
  • Nowell Leitzke 1970-1971
  • Norman Vinnes 1971-1993
  • Marianne Roos 1993-1999
  • Alice Jo Carlson 1999-2005
  • Susan Nemitz 2005–2016
  • Jill Boldenow 2016-Present


  1. ^ Ramsey County Library Guide (Booklet). Ramsey County Public Library. March 2015. 

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