The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with the City of Lake Elmo June 20 to provide library services to the community.
In January 2012, the city of Lake Elmo withdrew from the Washington County Library and established a city library levy and public library for the city’s residents.
Earlier this year, the Lake Elmo City Council directed city staff to work with county staff to explore opportunities for the Lake Elmo Library to return to the Washington County Library. In May, the Lake Elmo Library Board recommended that the Lake Elmo City Council include the city in the county library tax and become part of county’s library system, and the city council agreed.
The county agreed that the Lake Elmo Branch will be open a minimum of 40 hours, the current Lake Elmo Library staff will become county employees, and volunteers at the library will continue in a similar capacity.
When the Lake Elmo Library is part of the county library, the county will no longer charge Lake Elmo residents $60 for a Washington County Library card.
The city of Lake Elmo will return to the Washington County Library Jan. 1, 2018.
Washington County will operate Lake Elmo Library at its current location, 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. N. in Lake Elmo. The city agreed to convey the library land and building to the county, and the city will pave the parking lot to the east of the Lake Elmo Library.