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The stunning Minneapolis Central Library is conveniently located in downtown Minneapolis between Hennepin Avenue, the city's arts and theater district, and Nicollet Mall, the backbone of the city's business and shopping districts.

Designed to reflect residents' civic pride and deep commitment to education and literacy, Minneapolis Central Library offers nearly 100 percent access to its collection, the center of the third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in America with a collection of more than 2.4 million items--including books, DVDs, music, government documents and more.

Architecture

• Designed by Cesar Pelli, the world renowned architect
• Other projects by Pelli include Manhattan's World Financial Center and the Wells Fargo Financial Center in Minneapolis
• Opened Saturday, May 20, 2006

Structure

• 353,000 square feet with 140,000 square feet of underground parking. Enter the parking ramp on 4th street.
• Eye-catching canopy roof that projects over Hennepin and Nicollet entrances
• 8,140 square-foot atrium links two buildings that make up the library
• Combination of transparent and translucent glass with seasonal Minnesota imagery such as water, snow, trees and prairie grass
• 18,560 square-foot "green" roof planted with low-growing, sun- and drought-resistant ground cover
• Ninety-five percent of the old Central Library building was recycled; the pillars in the new building are from recycled cement
• Automatic lights, heating/cooling and other systems reduce expenses of operating the building
• Overall, projected 30 percent more energy efficient than required by energy code, including:
• Under-floor ventilation system that reduces cooling costs by 15-20 percent
• Light fixtures with light sensors and controls to minimize energy consumption
• Building materials with high recycled content, low VOC content and low life-cycle costs
• Dunn Brothers coffee and The Friends bookstore offer other amenities to customers

Collection

• Third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in the United States with a collection of more than 2.4 million items--including books, DVDs, music, government documents and more
• Nearly 100 percent of its collection is accessible to the public, compared to just 15 percent in the previous Minneapolis Central Library

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