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Architecture

·     Built 1976 (to replace original 1924 building at 2916 E. Lake St.)

·     Renovation designed by KKE Architects; re-opening March 3, 2007.

·     One level; 15,000 sq. ft.

·     Parking lot entered from Lake Street.


Renovation
A complete renovation of East Lake Library was completed with a grand re-opening on March 3, 2007. The refurbishing of the entire area is spurred on by the Hiawatha Line LRT, which began service in June 2004.The library's renovation and expansion will ensure that it continues to enhance life within this vibrant and dynamic community for generations to come.

Special Features

·     Business & Career Center; "marketplace of ideas" theme.

·     More DVDs, CDs, audio books, and World Language materials; theme-oriented collections reflecting the community needs and interests

·     85+ places to sit, including table and counter seating and comfortable chairs

·     30+ public computers; wireless capability

·     Self-service express checkout and express pickup of reserves

·     Fun, specially designed areas for toddlers, youngsters, and families.

·     Expanded Homework Hub area and a place for teens

·     Business & Career center

·     Quiet areas with comfortable seating

·     New, service desk positioned for better sight lines and service

·     New multipurpose room designed for maximum flexibility and use

 

Art
Local artist Janet Lofquist was commissioned through the City of
Minneapolis Art in Public Places program to create a stunning array of art glass panels comprised of etched quotations from books in East Lake Library.

 

Local artist Zoran Mojsilov was commissioned by Minneapolis Public Library to create a large-scale sculpture that will reside within the rain garden. Entitled “Zoomorphy,” the work will be comprised of granite and steel, and suggests a mythical beast, a dinosaur,

or a rolling landscape.

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