Dakota County is designing and building a new 16,000-square-foot county library at the corner of Marie Avenue and 7th Avenue in South St. Paul.
For about a century, the City of South St. Paul operated its own library. Because of cost increases to operate and maintain the site at 106 Third St., the city asked Dakota County to add the location into the county system. After studying the specific needs of the South St. Paul community and a cost analysis, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the project to proceed. Design efforts and the merger of the city's library into the county library system is underway.
BKV Group Architects is designing the building.
The existing building will be repurposed by the City of South St. Paul.
Go to the South St. Paul Library project site for more information
Tentative project timeline
September–October 2021: Concept Design – Public and stakeholders asked to offer input
October–December 2021: Schematic Design – Library plans created based on input
Jan. 11, 2022: Design approved by Dakota County Board of Commissioners
June 2022: Design complete
Late summer 2022: Bidding for construction project
September 2022: Contractor approved
Fall 2022: Construction begins
Quarter 1 - 2024: Library opens
You can find more information on the South St. Paul Library project website or contact Dakota County's project manager at