Dakota County is working with the City of South St. Paul to conduct design work for the proposed construction of a new 16,000-square-foot library at the corner of Marie Avenue and 7th Avenue.
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 initial steps to design the library and work on a potential merger of the city's library into the county library system.
BKV Group Architects were selected to design the building.
The existing building will be repurposed by the City of South St. Paul.
Let us know what you think
The following in-person engagement events are planned in the South St. Paul area.
- Nov. 10, 2021, 5–7 p.m.: Open house – Central Square Community Center, Centennial Room
Thank you to those who participated in community engagement events. Once community engagement events are completed, a summary of responses will be made available.
Check this page for additional engagement opportunities.
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
January 2022: Review of Schematic Design 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 at