Located near Lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha, this is the only Hennepin County Library named after a character from literature: the Iroquois maiden Nokomis from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.
Built in 1968 to serve the Nokomis East neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Nokomis Library has a long tradition of commitment to families, children and teens.
The community values the library’s importance as a cornerstone of lifelong learning for the area. In 2011, the library underwent a significant renovation to incorporate increased and more flexible space for children, teens and adults, more computers, additional customer conveniences, an environmentally friendly landscape and other features. A 4,300 square-foot addition expanded the building to 17,340 square feet. 24 more computers were added, for a total of 35 computers with Internet access, plus three public catalog computers and building-wide wireless access. Nokomis Library reopened to the community on Saturday, April 30, 2011 after the renovation.
· Built 1968. Renovated in 2011.
· 17,700 sq. ft.; parking lot entered from 51st St.
Ground level multi-purpose space for storytimes, library programs, community meetings and more
Early literacy/interactive discovery zone for young children
Green sustainable architecture and design, including: native plantings and storm water management system, maximized use of natural day lighting, and use of sustainable products and renewable resources
Geothermal heating/cooling systems
Wind chime that reflects the image of nearby Minnehaha Falls