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Perpich arts library

an arts
for the MN PUBLIC


The Perpich Library has a collection of more than 13,000 items geared toward artists, teachers, and students. A public library, any resident 18 years or older from Minnesota can become a member of the Perpich Library for FREE—check out what we have for you today!

The library is open for curbside and in-person service. If you would like to visit the library, please contact the librarian ahead of time at or 763-279-4170.

Library Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with extended time some days.
To check on availability after 3:30 p.m., please call 763-279-4170.


The Perpich Library catalog finds items from our physical collection along with electronic resources such as articles and ebooks.

For perpich Students

Come enjoy the library as a place to work on research projects, watch movies, connect with friends, find a good book or ebook, and more.

students have access to:
  • ELM Databases Gain online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, along with other informational resources.
  • Research Help and Ebooks Looking for information on a specific topic? Want to read a novel on your phone? The library is here to help!
  • Makerspace A DIY craft space with art supplies, a 3D printer, cutting machine, and more that students can borrow and use for projects.
  • Zine Collection The Perpich Library owns more than 200 zines for browsing while in the library. Have your own zine? Anyone can donate to the collection.

For teachers and the Public

Join the library for access to our extensive arts and education resources. There is something for everyone:

for teachers

Professional development resources are available, which have been curated by the State Arts Education Specialists, and include content for K-12 students from the five art areas: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.

for the public

As an official Minnesota State Government Library, any resident of MN 18 years or older, has access to our entire collection of books and other resources. Don’t live close to Perpich? Items can be mailed to members as well as transferred to/from Perpich from other libraries via our interlibrary loan service.

Does the Library accept donations?

Yes, the Perpich Library does accept donations. Please contact the librarian first by phone (763-279-4170) or email ( to explain what kind of items you are donating and how many items you have. Donated items will either be added to the collection, put to use by teachers, or offered for free to the arts high school students.

Perpich News

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art Field Trip

    November 30, 2023

    On November 28th, students in Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Art History went on a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) to enjoy the “In Our Hands: Native Photographers 1890-Now” and the “Lyrical Art of Jim Denomie” exhibitions. Students…

  • St. Francis Classroom Visit & Peer Observation with Lein Walseth

    November 21, 2023

    Five theater educators and directors from across the Twin Cities and the St. Cloud metro area joined Perpich’s Theater Education Specialist, Dr. Stephanie Lein Walseth, at St. Francis Middle School and St. Francis High School on Thursday, November 16th, to observe theater…

  • Native American Fiction Titles from Perpich Library

    November 17, 2023

    In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are shining a spotlight on novels and short story collections by Indigenous authors.

    All items on this list are available at the Perpich library. Click on titles for more information.

    1. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
    Elatsoe—Ellie for short—lives…