Hosmer Library reopens Thursday, August 15 at 9 a.m.

All new spaces

When Hosmer Library reopens this August, patrons will discover all new spaces inside the historic 1916 Carnegie building.

One of the most visible changes from the nearly yearlong renovation is right upon entering. While the building retains its two-floor layout, the entryway has been expanded, increasing the sense of openness and connectivity between the main and lower levels. The children’s and teen areas are now relocated to the front of the building, allowing for larger, more open space for collaborative work, study space, and hands-on learning and activity areas.

A central corridor with access to computers, library materials and meeting rooms runs through to the back of the building, which is furnished with lounge seating and additional computer workstations for quieter work. The five new meeting rooms each have audiovisual capabilities, with space for groups of all sizes. An urban garden on the northeast side of the library offers seating for patrons to enjoy the outdoors and native plantings.

The building’s historic character has been carefully retained, with contemporary finishes refreshing the traditional library. Preservation work addressed the large skylight and wood windows, and additional infrastructure improvements include ADA-compliant restrooms, site drainage and paving repairs.

Regular hours will resume as the library reopens on August 15.

Celebrate the reopening

In recognition of the reopening, all are welcome to join county officials, library staff and neighbors for remarks and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Monday, August 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Immediately following the ceremony, Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue will kick off the community celebration with a traditional Aztec dance performance. From 6-7 p.m., try the Picture Wagon mobile photo booth, enjoy an outdoor story stroll and scavenger hunt for families, and join the library’s Teen Tech Squad for a workshop.

“For over 100 years, Hosmer Library has been providing library service to our residents,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley. “Now that the renovation is complete, and doors are reopening, that service tradition will continue. I’m looking forward to celebrating with the community.”

The library will remain open until 8 p.m. that evening.

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