Welcome to the renovated Arvonne Fraser Library

Hundreds of patrons gathered on January 25 to get a look inside the renovated and recently renamed Arvonne Fraser Library. The day started with remarks by library and county leaders, followed by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

The celebration continued as visitors marveled at the building’s architectural details and explored new spaces for youth and families, areas for collaborative study, and common spaces for patrons of all ages.

The yearlong renovation reinvigorated the historic 1964 modernist building designed by Ralph Rapson. Previously known as Southeast Library, the library was renamed in recognition of Arvonne Fraser, women’s rights leader and public library advocate.

“Arvonne Fraser believed in libraries, and she believed in community,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley. “Let’s honor her memory by using this library to the fullest, as we work together to create a better community and a better world.”

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