Returns at Minneapolis Central Library

During atrium open hours

  • Automated book returns are located inside the atrium and are accessible when the atrium is open:
    • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Oversize materials that will not go through the automated book returns can be returned in the metal drawer book drop (opens out from the wall) in the Hennepin Avenue vestibule.

After-hours returns

  • Walk up: A free-standing metal drop box outside the Nicollet Mall entrance is always available 24 hours a day.
  • Drive through: A drive-through book drop is available in the parking garage, on the P-1 parking level. When you enter the garage, take a ticket, loop around the P1 parking level, and you will see a steel book return box before the exit. Return your items and continue to the exit gate to deposit your ticket to exit. This is free of charge as long as you exit the garage within 15 minutes of entering. The parking garage is open 7 days a week from 5 a.m. to 3 a.m.