Oxboro Library to be renovated in 2018

In summer of 2018, Hennepin County Library – Oxboro will undergo a major renovation. When the library reopens in the winter of 2019, patrons will experience a refreshed space.

The library will include more open areas and a modern floor plan to offer a variety of reading and meeting spaces. Preliminary plans include specialized areas for toddlers to teens, new shelving, a variety of furniture and seating options, new carpeting and lighting. In addition to a new roof and window replacements, improvements will be made to the HVAC, plumbing, lighting and electrical systems, as well as exterior landscaping and masonry repairs.

Hearing from the community is a critical part of any library project in Hennepin County. Community engagement efforts included an online patron feedback survey that was available online for patrons in the building and remotely, as well as paper surveys offered at the library’s service desk. Respondents indicated these areas of importance:

  • A place that makes me proud of my community and reflects my community
  • Features for people with disabilities: accessibility for people with vision, hearing and learning difficulties
  • Quiet spaces for reading
  • Comfortable seating for adults and teens
  • Tables with plug-ins for computers and electronic devices

A meeting for the community with LSE Architects and library staff will be held at Oxboro Library on Tuesday, September 19, 6-7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend to provide input.

Oxboro Library staff have made recommendations and shared their ideas for the renovation on building layout and functionality. A major point of discussion was serving the library’s student population in a more engaging and inviting way. Staff also cited these needs:

  • Makerspaces (craft spaces)
  • Study spaces for groups and individuals
  • Collaborative learning spaces
  • Comfortable seating for families in the children’s area
  • Larger teen and children’s areas

More information about this building project