The new Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park at 8500 W. Broadway Ave. opens on Thursday, June 23 at 5 p.m., with remarks by local officials and a ribbon-cutting, followed by a first chance to see inside the new library. All are welcome.
The new $23.5 million library opens with expanded hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brooklyn Park Library will continue its grand opening celebration with special events for all ages, including:
“We’re looking forward to welcoming people into this new and amazing library for the first time on June 23rd,” said District 1 Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat. “The library was carefully designed and built to be both a signature destination in Brooklyn Park and an incredible resource for all residents of Hennepin County. It will be a place where thousands of library users are served for decades to come.”
Highlights of the new Brooklyn Park Library include a dynamic play and learn space for families designed with the Minnesota Children’s Museum, a teen-focused tech center with a recording studio, and flexible individual and collaborative work spaces for all ages.
The new library emphasizes STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and celebrates the diversity of world cultures in Brooklyn Park.
At 39,000 gross square feet, it is more than twice the size of the previous library, which served Brooklyn Park residents at 8600 Zane Ave. N. for 40 years.
HGA Architects and Engineers designed the library. It was built by Knutson Construction. View more information about the building project
Can’t make the opening events? Brooklyn Park Library is offering a variety of summer programs starting Tuesday, July 5, from book clubs for adults, to tech workshops for teens, to hands-on science and nature experiences for kids.