Annual report 2017

annual report 2017

All are welcome here.

Long a bedrock belief of public libraries, Hennepin County Library renewed our commitment to welcoming all in 2017. Maybe you’ve seen this message posted at the entrance to your local library, on our website or social media channels, or on a button worn by library staff. It is important for that message to be visible, but above all, I hope it reflects your experience in our spaces and using our services. We are a safe place to learn, think and connect. Explore our books and digital resources, seek out learning and volunteer opportunities, and do it all with the help of our expert staff.

We invite you to join us here. This library is for you.

Lois Langer Thompson, Library Director


855,000 library card holders checked out 15.1 million items and accessed information in 188 subscription databases, helping you find real answers.

With the launch of our improved Suggest a purchase service, you’re invited to help build and shape the collection for our community of readers, now and in the future.


Stay curious. Library spaces are for learning and connecting, with over 208,000 attending library-sponsored programs, and 25,000 meeting room reservations from community groups.

Some of our richest spaces are accessible anytime, anywhere. Our mobile-friendly digital collections, featuring digitized materials related to the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, were accessed 44,120 times.


In fall 2017, we launched a new email newsletter for K-12 educators, connecting teachers and students with our resources and services accessible from school, home, and at the library.

You help us support student success, too. 339 volunteers gave more than 7,000 hours to our K-12 Homework Help service, and 214 volunteers tutored over 9,200 hours at the Franklin Learning Center.


We work even better together. We’re partnering in providing services at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, opened in spring 2017, building an important employment pipeline as we continue to develop relationships in the community.

54 local musicians are showcasing their work on MnSpin, our newly launched music download and streaming platform.


We’ve promised to deepen collaborations and reflect and respond to community diversity through our services.

We invited you to 580 programs honoring black history and culture, celebrating Asian heritage and customs, inspiring LGBTQIA Pride and more, planned and delivered together with you.


With 41 libraries throughout Hennepin County, we're here for you.


  • $86.2 million total budget
  • $72.5 million property tax
  • $13.7 million other

Additional support and funding for library services and programs provided by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and our sponsors, partners and collaborators in the community.

More budget information is available online at


Hennepin County Library is a department of Hennepin County Government and reports to County Administration and the County Board of Commissioners.

Hennepin County Board of Commissioners

  • Mike Opat, District 1
  • Linda Higgins, District 2
  • Marion Greene, District 3
  • Peter McLaughlin, District 4
  • Debbie Goettel, District 5
  • Jan Callison, District 6
  • Jeff Johnson, District 7

Hennepin County Administration

  • David J. Hough, County Administrator
  • Chester Cooper • Judy Regenscheid, Assistant County Administrators

Hennepin County Library Board: 2017

The Library Board is an advisory board of Hennepin County residents appointed by the County Board.

  • Adja K. Kaba Ann
  • Katherine Blauvelt
  • Caitlin Cahill
  • Chris Damsgard
  • Tim Dolan
  • Barb Fenton
  • Jonathan Gaw
  • Sandy Johnson
  • Margy Ligon
  • Samuel Neisen
  • Erin Vrieze Daniels

Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is a community of supporters raising funds for books, materials, programs and technology.

  • Kristi Pearson, Executive Director