Southeast Library to close for renovation

Southeast Library in Dinkytown

Southeast Library will close for a 10-12 month renovation beginning Monday, December 10. The library is scheduled to reopen in late 2019.

When the project is complete, patrons will return to a renovated library that serves as a “crossroads” for neighborhood residents and University of Minnesota students, with flexible spaces that support a variety of activities: more space for reading and quiet study, multipurpose rooms to create and collaborate, and an expanded play and learn area for children and families.

The recaptured lower level of the library will have bookshelves along the perimeter and feature a larger, flexible open space in the center that can adapt to emerging patron needs. That open space will extend up through the first floor, increasing natural light and connection between levels. Outside, patrons will find outdoor seating and a canopy, adding more flexible and inviting spaces to read and gather.

“Southeast Library is an important place in this community – for young families, students and residents of all ages,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “You can see those community voices reflected in the design, and I’m looking forward to welcoming residents back to the new space next year.”

Along with technology upgrades, other building systems and infrastructure work will include replacement of HVAC and electrical systems, building shell and site improvements to address drainage, and safety and security upgrades, including a new fire alarm system.

During the closure, other Hennepin County libraries will welcome Southeast patrons:

Holds with Southeast Library as the pickup location will automatically change to Northeast Library. To select a different pickup location, patrons can Ask Us online, by phone at 612-543-KNOW (5669) or in person at any Hennepin County library.

The Southeast Library book return will also be closed during this time. Patrons can return library materials to any other Hennepin County library.

Southeast Library has been providing service in this location since 1967. The building, designed by renowned Minneapolis architect Ralph Rapson, originally housed a branch of the State Capitol Credit Union. Renovation plans by architects MacDonald & Mack, along with Quinn Evans Architects, stay true to the building’s history while supporting contemporary library service. The project budget is $11.6 million.

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