Keep up with the latest news about Hennepin County Library building projects, events, people, services and resources. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
June 28, 2021
Learn how to make Somali tea, watch a special online storytime and view an exhibit at Franklin Library.
June 3, 2021
Online events and book lists featuring LGBTQIA+ themes and identities.
May 3, 2021
Join us as we celebrate American Indian Month in Minnesota with online events, book lists and other library resources.
Category: Events, Resources
April 28, 2021
Celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with online events, videos and recommended books.
April 21, 2021
Commemorate Juneteenth with your library with online family friendly-events, story strolls and book lists.
March 31, 2021
Lynn Stetler of Wayzata and Amal Karim of Minneapolis have joined the Hennepin County Library Board.
March 9, 2021
HCL has officially become a fine-free library. All library card balances have been waived for a fresh start.
March 3, 2021
The transition to the new Twin Cities Metro eLibrary OverDrive site has been completed.
February 24, 2021
From February 24-March 24, kids can vote online for two book awards: Star of the North and Maud Hart Lovelace.
February 16, 2021
Minnesota musicians, submit your music by March 24 to be considered for MNspin, the library’s online music service.
Franklin Library is hosting a photo exhibit by Ne-Dah-Ness about the local and national issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
February 8, 2021
Join Plymouth Library for online Plymouth READS events this March and April around the book “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger.
January 25, 2021
Join us as we celebrate and honor Black History Month with online events, displays and book lists.
January 15, 2021
OverDrive and its Libby app will be your primary tools to access eMaterials in 2021.
North Regional Library will reopen for limited service on February 7 at 12 p.m.
Category: Building projects
December 28, 2020
We polled library staff and social media followers about the best books they read in 2020.
December 21, 2020
If you love to cook or bake, the library can help with books and online resources.
December 14, 2020
Repairs have been completed. The library will reopen for limited service on December 27.
December 7, 2020
Gordy Aune, Jr., Keegan Xavi and Jane Brissett have joined the Hennepin County Library Board.
December 3, 2020
Over 90 albums by Minnesota artists just added to the library’s free music service.
December 1, 2020
Hennepin County has paused its plans to relocate Southdale Library from the current 8-acre parcel on York Avenue in Edina.
November 20, 2020
Hennepin County Library welcomes Chad Helton as its new director. Read more about Mr. Helton’s insights on library service in a changing world.
November 13, 2020
The transition happens on December 3.
November 12, 2020
Scheduled maintenance has been completed. The library will reopen for limited service on November 22.
October 19, 2020
Construction at North Regional Library was about 72% complete at the end of September.
Remediation progress continues at East Lake Library. Current work includes installation of LED lighting, completion of painting, and securing replacement furniture.
October 12, 2020
The Twin Cities Zine Fest is going virtual this year and Hennepin County Library is participating by offering free zine kits at participating libraries.
October 2, 2020
Join us as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Access library resources like books and music and more.
Category: Resources, Events
All My Relations Arts in partnership with the Hennepin County Library is hosting a Victory Rally Toy Theater Film Project for youth in grades K-12.
September 28, 2020
Learn how to make the most of your library with a new card, book lists and more for teens.
September 17, 2020
Construction at North Regional Library was about 65% complete at the end of August.
September 14, 2020
Remediation progress continues at East Lake Library. Current work includes replacement of broken glass, work on HVAC systems and ceiling tile replacement.
September 4, 2020
Hennepin County Library will adopt a new service schedule, adding weekend and evening hours across 31 locations.
August 13, 2020
Join Augsburg Park Library in Richfield in a community-wide art project this summer and fall.
August 7, 2020
Franklin Library is hosting an exhibit of photos by Ne-Dah-Ness through September 30.
July 29, 2020
The general contractor continues to make substantial progress. Interior demolition is complete and was followed by the framing of new walls. The project was estimated to be 28% complete as of June 1.
June 30, 2020
Virtual events from your library are hosted on Microsoft Teams. Here are tips to get started.
June 11, 2020
Demolition and construction is underway at North Regional Library this spring.
March 15, 2020
The construction project was completed in March.
March 4, 2020
Patrons returned to the renovated Eden Prairie library on reopening day, February 25.
This spring, the City of Edina will review mall developer Simon Properties’ preliminary plans for the site, and schematic design for the new library will begin.
February 24, 2020
During the closure, a temporary site at 1200 Plymouth Ave. N. will offer limited library services.
February 12, 2020
Construction is nearly completed.
January 31, 2020
Southdale Library lease agreements with the mall developer are continuing.
January 28, 2020
Patrons returned to the renovated Arvonne Fraser Library on reopening day, January 25.
January 27, 2020
The project is currently on hold.
January 16, 2020
Eden Prairie Library welcomes the community with flexible new spaces for patrons of all ages.
January 15, 2020
Construction is nearing completion at Franklin Library.
December 23, 2019
Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Saturday, January 25.
December 12, 2019
The project is currently 15% complete and should be finished in first quarter 2020.
November 12, 2019
Construction has begun this fall at Franklin Library.
October 22, 2019
Building preservation and maintenance work was completed during the three-month closure, with landscaping to be installed next spring.
October 11, 2019
Water infiltration at the north and northeast walls has delayed the project timeline, but fixture and finish installation work continues this fall.
September 19, 2019
Despite weather delays, site work at Minnetonka Library is on track.
September 17, 2019
Upon reopening, the library will bear the name of Fraser, a women’s rights leader and public library advocate.
September 6, 2019
Work will include accessibility and improvements in the restrooms, replacement of furniture and flooring, and improving sight lines in public areas.
August 22, 2019
Hosmer Library reopened to a cheering crowd and lively community celebration.
July 29, 2019
Patrons returned to the brighter, larger-feeling library to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and community activities.
Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Monday, August 19.
July 19, 2019
Services are moving back to the library, reopening August 15.
July 9, 2019
Interior framing and site work are underway this summer at Eden Prairie Library.
At the community meeting July 1, project architects presented updated design plans.
June 25, 2019
Plumbing, ductwork and new roofing has been installed, with wall framing and furniture specification work planned for this summer.
June 20, 2019
Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Saturday, July 20.
June 19, 2019
A yearlong renovation brings new spaces to the historic 1916 building, indoors and out.
Lease agreement negotiations with the mall developer will proceed, with community meetings to plan for the new library to be held this fall.
June 5, 2019
Join us for the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, July 1, 6-8 p.m.
June 4, 2019
Following an 11-month renovation, Oxboro Library welcomes the community with dedicated spaces for patrons of all ages in a lighter, larger-feeling space.
May 30, 2019
Work will include a reconstructed entrance, stormwater management and landscaping repairs.
Construction progress is on track for an opening later this summer, date to be announced.
May 29, 2019
Information shared at the open houses on May 30 and June 8 will include location details, advantages of a mall location, other mall library examples, and project next steps.
May 14, 2019
Join us at two open houses this spring to learn more about the new Southdale Library site location at Southdale Center.
April 30, 2019
Hennepin County staff are recommending to the Board of Commissioners that the new Southdale Library be constructed at Southdale Center in Edina, with community meetings to be planned later this spring.
April 23, 2019
The library will close for 10-11 weeks in fall 2019 for a renovation focused on safety and accessibility.
April 11, 2019
Move-out is complete and demolition work is underway at Eden Prairie Library.
March 28, 2019
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of North Regional Library on March 26.
March 21, 2019
The library will now reopen in summer 2019.
February 27, 2019
The new Southdale Library will be rebuilt either on the current site or at a nearby location, with a decision expected this summer.
February 22, 2019
The general contractor has taken possession of the building, and demolition is underway.
February 12, 2019
As construction continues, key building features are now visible at Oxboro Library.
New spaces are taking shape at Hosmer Library.
February 4, 2019
Hours for holds pickup at 479 Prairie Center Drive are now 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
January 18, 2019
At the January 14 community meeting, project architects shared updated design plans incorporating earlier public feedback.
December 27, 2018
Library and county staff are working on preparing the building and awarding the construction bid.
December 21, 2018
While the library is closed, holds pickup and a book drop for returns are open at 479 Prairie Center Drive for Eden Prairie Library patrons.
December 5, 2018
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, January 14, 6-8 p.m. at North Regional Library.
November 19, 2018
The library will be closed Monday, January 7 through fall 2019.
November 14, 2018
Demolition work is underway this fall at Oxboro Library.
Demolition work is underway this fall at Hosmer Library.
October 17, 2018
The library will be closed Monday, December 10 through late 2019.
October 4, 2018
Juxtaposition Arts engaged residents throughout the summer, with valuable input shaping the library project.
October 2, 2018
As the renovation approaches, design plans continue to be refined.
September 12, 2018
The next community meeting has been postponed as further study of the complex site and project continues.
August 1, 2018
Planning nears completion this summer following a series of community meetings.
At the next community meeting on September 22, project architects will present new plans incorporating community feedback.
July 18, 2018
To engage residents and help shape the project, Juxtaposition Arts is leading a series of events this summer.
June 28, 2018
The library is closed Monday, August 27 through spring 2019.
June 27, 2018
Details for the Eden Prairie Library renovation are coming together this summer, including meeting rooms and other flexible spaces.
June 25, 2018
The library is closed Sunday, August 19 through spring 2019.
June 15, 2018
The final community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. at the library.
June 13, 2018
Join us for the next community meeting about the new library on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-noon, at Southdale Library.
May 10, 2018
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie Library.
May 1, 2018
Share your thoughts about the new Southdale Library on Monday, May 21, 7-9 p.m. or in an online survey.
April 24, 2018
In the design development phase, Hosmer Library renovation plans continue to develop this spring.
February 22, 2018
On February 13, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to learn more about the planned renovation.
February 8, 2018
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Southeast Library on February 6.
February 1, 2018
On January 24, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to inform plans for the renovation.
January 30, 2018
The next community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 6-8 p.m. on the University of Minnesota campus.
December 29, 2017
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Wednesday, January 24, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie Library.
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Thursday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m. at Oxboro Library.
November 29, 2017
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Oxboro Library on November 28.
November 21, 2017
Details for the Hosmer Library renovation are beginning to take shape, including spaces for youth, meeting rooms and computers.
November 15, 2017
The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Bentz/Thompson/Rietow as the architectural firm for the North Regional Library renovation.
The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Gensler as the architectural firm for the new Westonka Library.
The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended MSR as the architectural firm for the new Southdale Library.
October 25, 2017
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Hosmer Library on October 24.
October 5, 2017
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation at Hosmer Library on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8 p.m.
September 7, 2017
The Southdale Library project architect to be named by the end of 2017, with continued community engagement into 2018.
August 7, 2017
You are invited to a community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. to share your ideas about the upcoming 2018 renovation of Oxboro Library.
July 26, 2017
Eden Prairie Library will undergo a significant renovation in 2018 that will take nearly a year to complete. Please join us for a community meeting about the renovation on September 13 at Eden Prairie Library.
July 21, 2017
Library staff are currently reviewing input from community meetings held earlier this year and will complete the review and make a recommendation by early fall.
June 26, 2017
Community members met with Hosmer library staff to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation on May 31.
June 13, 2017
Community members met with Southeast Library staff and architects to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation.
June 1, 2017
You are invited to a community meeting at Van Cleve Recreation Center to discuss the upcoming Southeast Library renovation project on Wednesday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.
May 25, 2017
You are invited to a community meeting at Hosmer Library to discuss the upcoming renovation project that will conclude in 2018 on Wednesday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.
March 3, 2017
Join Library leaders to share your ideas for the new Southdale Library and learn more about the project timeline at Southdale Library, Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.
January 5, 2017
Join the City of Edina at Southdale Library for an interactive workshop on Feb. 9, 7 p.m. to view revised concepts for the Southdale Library site.
November 15, 2016
Join us at Southdale Library tonight, 6-8 p.m. to give your input about redeveloping the 8-acre Southdale Library site. Return on Jan. 12 to hear a summary of the themes from the comment sessions.
August 5, 2016
At a community meeting on Aug. 4, Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson announced Southeast Library will remain at its current location and will undergo a major renovation.
July 14, 2016
Join Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Hennepin County staff Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for an update on the Southeast Library building project.
January 22, 2015
The final report on library service for the Southeast neighborhoods entitled "Envisioning a Crossroads Library: A Report on Public Engagement and the Future of the Southeast Library" is now available.
November 24, 2014
Public meetings were held in the Cedar-Riverside, Como, Marcy-Holmes and Prospect Park neighborhoods during October to discuss the library, learning and information needs of the community.
October 3, 2014
Help us imagine the community library of the future at four public meetings. Join the community discussion!
August 12, 2014
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Hennepin County Library Director Lois Thompson welcomed members of the Southeast Library Services Steering Committee to the group’s first meeting on July 24, 2014.
March 26, 2014
The Hennepin County Library - Southeast Facility Assessment is available. Please see the attached document for more information.