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Access & Enrichment

Stillwater Public Library is responsive to the diverse needs of our community and offers library services to all.

Our Objectives

  • Grow the library’s commitment to reducing barriers to access.
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for community engagement.
  • Expand the library’s reach with materials, programs, and services that reflect community needs and inspire diverse groups to seek access.
  • Support users of all ages in their education, literacy, and enrichment aspirations.
  • Help users navigate and engage with a broad spectrum of information and resources.
  • Uphold the principles of intellectual freedom.

The library is a passport to information and ideas.

We are committed to improving access to services and connecting people to the resources they need.


Our 2023 Successes

  • Borrowing of both physical and electronic items hit record levels. Total circulation has increased more than 30% over the past 10 years.
  • Wonderbooks were added to the children’s read-along collection. These print books with a built-in audio player aid in reading comprehension.
  • The Road to Decode collection was expanded to include short chapter books and additional early reader titles to support new and striving readers.
  • Due to the popularity of mobile hotspots, eleven more were added to help meet demand. These are funded by Stillwater Public Library Foundation.
  • Based on patron suggestions, a magazine exchange was established.
  • The library hosted We Are Water MN, an interactive exhibit and series of programs on the science, history, culture, and relationships of water in Minnesota and the lower St. Croix River Valley.
  • One-on-one technology help appointments were regularly offered to provide personal assistance with computers, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
  • Wellness programs were introduced for adults, including a balanced wellness series and regular Tai Chi classes.
  • A new document camera was purchased that allows library program instructors to project an image of the techniques they are using to the class.
  • A library card design contest for youth generated 70 entries, with one design printed as a limited edition card.
  • The Discovery Room has become a year-round destination in the children’s area with themes changing seasonally. Open during library hours, it is a place for children and caregivers to play and imagine together.
  • The library director participated in a panel discussion of intellectual freedom.