The James J. Hill Reference Library has awed and inspired couples with its historical intrigue and stunning architecture since it opened to the public in 1921.
Constructed of Tennessee marble and Minnesota sandstone, it is both a living monument to “the Empire Builder,” James J. Hill, and a Saint Paul touchstone, situated on picturesque Rice Park in the heart of downtown.
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Recommended by 95% of couples
Virginia · Married on 08/10/2014
We looked at nearly all the major venues in MN before choosing the JJ Hill. It just fit our book/nerd loving selves, plus the look of the building was evident in every room - which was not the case in all venues.Sent on 09/01/2014
My husband and I live in NY so it was important to have a site that needed minimal decoration and had an on site coordinator. JJ Hill fit the bill. We did both our ceremony and reception at the site (to make travel easier for out of town guests), and Katie, our coordinator handled everything seamlessly. She always answered my questions quickly. And everything was made very clear in the contract.
And we had no problems the day of the wedding! Everything looked beautiful and was well organized. The guests had no problems navigating parking or bathrooms. And since we had a big indoor space, there was always a backup plan in case of rain (which luckily held out!).
Plus the site had a variety of photo opportunities - parks, the river, the books, the St. Paul hotel, etc. Some of the rooms inside the building get a lot of bright light, so an experienced photographer would be a good idea.
I am happy we choose this site and would do so again!
User4274010 · 2+ years ago
The JJ Hill Library is guaranteed to have your guests in awe. Everyone loved the space. It is so unique and requires no decorating other than some flowers and candles on the tables. We had both the ceremony and the reception there. The chairs were quickly removed to make way for the social hour. All done seamlessly. Katie was the coordinator and assisted us with all our questions before and during the event. I know that our guests really enjoyed being in such an unusual, historical and beautiful venue. We loved it! It exceeded all expectations. The James J Hill Center is beautiful and sure to be remembered by your guests for a very long time.Sent on 07/24/2014
Karen & David · Married on 07/05/2014
The James J Hill Library and their exceptional staff saved my daughter's wedding day!Sent on 07/08/2014
With only 11 days left until our daughter's wedding it became clear to us that we were in need of a new venue due to the flooding of the Mississippi River. Much to our amazement the James J Hill Library was available! We were thrilled and so hopeful that they would be able to accommodate us and sure enough - Dawn, on her day off, responded to my email explaining our situation and by Tuesday she had made last minute staffing arrangements and gave us the best news ever - Yes, you can hold your wedding here! By Thursday we were sitting down to meet and go over the details and that was it! Easy as that we were moving our wedding from The Minnesota Boat Club to the James J Hill Library. Did I mention that the wedding was on July 5th? So, yes to top everything off, all of this was happening in conjunction with the 4th of July.
Our guests loved the Library and everything was simply perfect! All of the staff I met were so engaging, compassionate, and willing to help! I wish I could recall all of their names because they all deserve mention! Glenn and Ariel were so professional, friendly, and helpful during the wedding. Even the President of the Library, Greg Fouks, stopped by on the day of the wedding to make sure everything was in order. The staff made it clear that they wanted the wedding to be as perfect as we did, and they did everything they could possibly do to make sure it was!
Our caterer was Mintahoe and I cannot say enough good things about them as well! They made the change to the library effortlessly and all was well!
The James J Hill Library is an amazing venue, with a caring and compassionate staff who will ensure that your event is the best it can be.
The newlyweds loved their wedding day at the James J Hill Library as did everyone who attended and us - the parents of the bride!
Simply stunning, sophisticated, perfect-as-it-is wedding venue. Great for winter weddings, smaller and intimate gatherings. One of our favorites!
We highly recommend the James J Hill Library! It's a beautiful space with a lot of character and a cool library theme. The staff is always courteous and helpful throughout the entire night. From a DJ's perspective, it's very easy to fill the entire room with light sound during the cocktail/dinner hour and once the speeches begin, they're loud and crystal clear. Coming out to the library is always a treat for our DJs.
Our favorite wedding at JJ Hill Library truly played to the theme of the venue. The entire cake was covered with piped words... expressions of love and the meaning of marriage that were suggested by every guest at the wedding. We actually decorated this cake on site at the reception. Out thanks to the Library staff for this opportunity.