North Regional Library community meeting and design update

North Regional Library renovation architects Bentz/Thompson/Rietow presented updated plans on January 14, building on the summer 2018 community engagement led by north Minneapolis-based nonprofit Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA). About 400 residents, both library patrons and non-users, were engaged to identify priorities for the renovated library. View the report on community input for North Regional Library.

Plans now include an increased number of meeting and study rooms for patron use, including flexible spaces that can accommodate new technologies and library programs. Throughout the library, carpets, acoustic panels and glass walls will improve overall acoustics and noise mitigation. Public space on the second floor will be expanded, with the adult area relocated there to offer a quieter space. In the children’s area, updated early literacy play spaces will include more STEM learning opportunities.

The number of public computers will be increased, with an improved layout for more space for computer tasks and an enclosed computer area on the main level. More outlets will provide power for patrons who bring their own devices.

Sightlines will be improved for safety. Outside, green spaces for gathering or reading on the library’s lawn will incorporate current and new plantings.

At the meeting, residents also had an opportunity to ask questions about the design and renovation process. Topics addressed included building and site layout, as well as access to library services while North Regional Library is closed.

Another community meeting will take place in summer 2019. North Regional Library is currently scheduled to close for construction this fall, with the project anticipated to be completed in fall 2020.

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