Oxboro Library reopens Wednesday, July 10 at noon

Oxboro Library

Following an 11-month renovation, Oxboro Library will reopen Wednesday, July 10 at noon.

The space feels lighter and larger, thanks to a reconstructed ceiling, new windows and a refreshed floor plan that maximizes natural light. Areas for youth include a cozy family reading nook in the northwest corner, opening out into an area for school-age children with activity zones and the children’s collection. The teen space is expanded, with plenty of seating options for groups and individuals.

Following natural breaks in the floor plan, a new reading room in the south portion of the building is tucked away from areas with more activity, featuring spaces to work, read and study. The large meeting room is more accessible, now located inside the library, with windows that balance light and privacy.

The new second entrance welcomes pedestrian traffic from the Portland Avenue side, with outdoor furniture, green space, sidewalks and patio, adding new useable space outside the library.

Other improvements increase the building’s energy efficiency with new HVAC systems, a new roof and rain garden features to utilize stormwater runoff.

Celebrate the reopening

The library will remain open until 8 p.m. on July 10 as regular hours resume. All are welcome to enjoy the renovated building, connect with library services and build community together in the new space.

To celebrate the reopening, join county officials, library staff and neighbors for remarks and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. Throughout the day, participate in an outdoor story stroll and try a cultural craft.

“You never realize just how much we rely on our library until it closes for a few months. Oxboro Library is a central part of life for so many people in Bloomington, especially the family neighborhoods nearby and Valley View Middle School and Elementary School across the street,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel. “I look forward to celebrating the reopening together with all of the community members and staff who made this renovation possible.”

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