On Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day), Hennepin County libraries are closed.
When Ridgedale Library reopens in 2018, patrons will find many practical enhancements that will improve their library experience. The library will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9, for a renovation that is expected to take at least a year. The interior space of the library has not been updated since 1999, and many of the major building system components, such as the roof, air handlers, chiller plant and electrical systems date from original construction in 1981.
“This renovation is designed to ensure we meet the expectations of patrons who expressed their wishes about what they wanted their library to be,” said Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. "The design allows for a modern, more open floor plan with flexible, adaptable spaces that can accommodate groups and individuals while maximizing the outdoor, wooded setting. We’re fortunate to be working with an architect who has completed several successful renovations for us. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back next summer.”
During the renovation, the exterior book return will remain open for patrons returning library materials. A pickup area for holds will be provided on the second floor, in the area most recently occupied by the used bookstore. The pickup area will be open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays.
Other government offices located in the building -- the service center, courts and human services -- will remain open; so will the Dunn Bros. coffee shop.
The library will reopen in an enhanced space based on patrons' input and recommendations in community meetings. The architect on the project is Gensler & Associates. Some basic improvements will make the library more comfortable and pleasant for patrons and staff. Those include:
Changes will include upgrades to technology at the library, such as:
The library will be reconfigured to better serve specific user groups. Some of those changes include:
The project is budgeted at $21.4 million.
"Patrons visited Ridgedale Library almost 300,000 times in 2016," said Hennepin County Board Chair Jan Callison. "This library has served the community well for 35 years, and with these improvements it will continue to be a vital resource for us and an important part of a top-notch library system."
More information about this building project