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September 17, 2020

North Regional Library September construction update

Construction at North Regional Library was about 65% complete at the end of August.

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September 14, 2020

East Lake Library September construction update

Remediation progress continues at East Lake Library. Current work includes replacement of broken glass, work on HVAC systems and ceiling tile replacement.

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July 29, 2020

North Regional Library July construction update

The general contractor continues to make substantial progress. Interior demolition is complete and was followed by the framing of new walls. The project was estimated to be 28% complete as of June 1.

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June 11, 2020

North Regional Library June construction update

Demolition and construction is underway at North Regional Library this spring.

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March 15, 2020

Franklin Library project completed

The construction project was completed in March.

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March 4, 2020

Welcome back to Eden Prairie Library

Patrons returned to the renovated Eden Prairie library on reopening day, February 25.

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March 4, 2020

Current status and next steps for Southdale Library

This spring, the City of Edina will review mall developer Simon Properties’ preliminary plans for the site, and schematic design for the new library will begin.

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February 24, 2020

North Regional Library closed for renovation beginning March 16

During the closure, a temporary site at 1200 Plymouth Ave. N. will offer limited library services.

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February 12, 2020

Franklin Library February construction update

Construction is nearly completed.

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January 31, 2020

Southdale Library project update

Southdale Library lease agreements with the mall developer are continuing.

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January 28, 2020

Welcome to the renovated Arvonne Fraser Library

Patrons returned to the renovated Arvonne Fraser Library on reopening day, January 25.

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January 27, 2020

Westonka Library construction update

The project is currently on hold.

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January 16, 2020

Eden Prairie Library reopens Tuesday, February 25

Eden Prairie Library welcomes the community with flexible new spaces for patrons of all ages.

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January 15, 2020

Franklin Library January construction update

Construction is nearing completion at Franklin Library.

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December 23, 2019

Arvonne Fraser Library reopening celebration January 25

Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Saturday, January 25.

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December 12, 2019

Franklin Library December construction update

The project is currently 15% complete and should be finished in first quarter 2020.

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November 12, 2019

Franklin Library fall construction update

Construction has begun this fall at Franklin Library.

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October 22, 2019

Minnetonka Library reopens Tuesday, November 12 at noon

Building preservation and maintenance work was completed during the three-month closure, with landscaping to be installed next spring.

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October 11, 2019

Eden Prairie Library fall construction update

Water infiltration at the north and northeast walls has delayed the project timeline, but fixture and finish installation work continues this fall.

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September 19, 2019

Minnetonka Library site work project update

Despite weather delays, site work at Minnetonka Library is on track.

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September 17, 2019

Southeast Library to be renamed after Arvonne Fraser

Upon reopening, the library will bear the name of Fraser, a women’s rights leader and public library advocate.

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September 6, 2019

Franklin Library closed for renovation beginning October 20

Work will include accessibility and improvements in the restrooms, replacement of furniture and flooring, and improving sight lines in public areas.

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August 22, 2019

Renovated Hosmer Library welcomes all

Hosmer Library reopened to a cheering crowd and lively community celebration.

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July 29, 2019

Welcome to the renovated Oxboro Library

Patrons returned to the brighter, larger-feeling library to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and community activities.

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July 29, 2019

Hosmer Library reopening celebration August 19

Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Monday, August 19.

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July 19, 2019

Hosmer Library youth space at Sabathani Community Center closes July 27

Services are moving back to the library, reopening August 15.

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July 9, 2019

Eden Prairie Library summer construction update

Interior framing and site work are underway this summer at Eden Prairie Library.

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July 9, 2019

North Regional Library design update

At the community meeting July 1, project architects presented updated design plans.

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June 25, 2019

Southeast Library summer construction update

Plumbing, ductwork and new roofing has been installed, with wall framing and furniture specification work planned for this summer.

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June 20, 2019

Oxboro Library reopening celebration July 20

Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Saturday, July 20.

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June 19, 2019

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

A yearlong renovation brings new spaces to the historic 1916 building, indoors and out.

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June 19, 2019

Southdale Library move to Southdale Center authorized by county board

Lease agreement negotiations with the mall developer will proceed, with community meetings to plan for the new library to be held this fall.

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June 5, 2019

North Regional Library community meeting July 1

Join us for the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, July 1, 6-8 p.m.

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June 4, 2019

Oxboro Library reopens Wednesday, July 10 at noon

Following an 11-month renovation, Oxboro Library welcomes the community with dedicated spaces for patrons of all ages in a lighter, larger-feeling space.

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May 30, 2019

Minnetonka Library to close August 1 for site work

Work will include a reconstructed entrance, stormwater management and landscaping repairs.

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May 30, 2019

Hosmer Library spring construction update

Construction progress is on track for an opening later this summer, date to be announced.

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May 29, 2019

Meeting materials for Southdale Library open houses

Information shared at the open houses on May 30 and June 8 will include location details, advantages of a mall location, other mall library examples, and project next steps.

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May 14, 2019

Southdale Library open houses May 30, June 8

Join us at two open houses this spring to learn more about the new Southdale Library site location at Southdale Center.

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April 30, 2019

New Southdale Library location planned for Southdale Center; community meetings in May/June

Hennepin County staff are recommending to the Board of Commissioners that the new Southdale Library be constructed at Southdale Center in Edina, with community meetings to be planned later this spring.

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April 23, 2019

Franklin Library schematic design approved, project timeline announced

The library will close for 10-11 weeks in fall 2019 for a renovation focused on safety and accessibility.

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April 11, 2019

Eden Prairie Library spring construction update

Move-out is complete and demolition work is underway at Eden Prairie Library.

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March 28, 2019

North Regional Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of North Regional Library on March 26.

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March 21, 2019

New reopening timeline for Hosmer Library

The library will now reopen in summer 2019.

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February 27, 2019

Southdale Library location decision expected summer 2019

The new Southdale Library will be rebuilt either on the current site or at a nearby location, with a decision expected this summer.

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February 22, 2019

Southeast Library winter construction update

The general contractor has taken possession of the building, and demolition is underway.

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February 12, 2019

Oxboro Library winter construction update

As construction continues, key building features are now visible at Oxboro Library.

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February 12, 2019

Hosmer Library winter construction update

New spaces are taking shape at Hosmer Library.

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February 4, 2019

Expanded hours for Eden Prairie Library holds pickup now available

Hours for holds pickup at 479 Prairie Center Drive are now 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

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January 18, 2019

North Regional Library community meeting and design update

At the January 14 community meeting, project architects shared updated design plans incorporating earlier public feedback.

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December 27, 2018

Southeast Library closed, preparing for construction

Library and county staff are working on preparing the building and awarding the construction bid.

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December 21, 2018

Holds pickup and returns during Eden Prairie Library renovation

While the library is closed, holds pickup and a book drop for returns are open at 479 Prairie Center Drive for Eden Prairie Library patrons.

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December 5, 2018

North Regional Library community meeting January 14

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, January 14, 6-8 p.m. at North Regional Library.

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November 19, 2018

Eden Prairie Library closing for renovation

The library will be closed Monday, January 7 through fall 2019.

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November 14, 2018

Oxboro Library fall construction update

Demolition work is underway this fall at Oxboro Library.

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November 14, 2018

Hosmer Library fall construction update

Demolition work is underway this fall at Hosmer Library.

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October 17, 2018

Southeast Library to close for renovation

The library will be closed Monday, December 10 through late 2019.

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October 4, 2018

Report on community input for North Regional Library

Juxtaposition Arts engaged residents throughout the summer, with valuable input shaping the library project.

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October 2, 2018

Eden Prairie Library design update and project timeline

As the renovation approaches, design plans continue to be refined.

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September 12, 2018

September 22 community meeting on the new Southdale Library postponed

The next community meeting has been postponed as further study of the complex site and project continues.

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August 1, 2018

Southeast Library design update

Planning nears completion this summer following a series of community meetings.

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August 1, 2018

Community meeting, survey results for new Southdale Library

At the next community meeting on September 22, project architects will present new plans incorporating community feedback.

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July 18, 2018

Community input for North Regional Library renovation

To engage residents and help shape the project, Juxtaposition Arts is leading a series of events this summer.

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June 28, 2018

Hosmer Library is closed for renovation

The library is closed Monday, August 27 through spring 2019.

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June 27, 2018

Eden Prairie Library design update

Details for the Eden Prairie Library renovation are coming together this summer, including meeting rooms and other flexible spaces.

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June 25, 2018

Oxboro Library closed for renovation

The library is closed Sunday, August 19 through spring 2019.

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June 15, 2018

Southeast Library community meeting on July 25

The final community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. at the library.

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June 13, 2018

New Southdale Library planning continues, community meeting on September 22

Join us for the next community meeting about the new library on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-noon, at Southdale Library.

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May 10, 2018

Eden Prairie Library initial design approved, community meeting on June 11

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie Library.

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May 1, 2018

Southdale Library community meeting, survey to shape building project

Share your thoughts about the new Southdale Library on Monday, May 21, 7-9 p.m. or in an online survey.

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April 24, 2018

Hosmer Library design update and new closing timeline

In the design development phase, Hosmer Library renovation plans continue to develop this spring.

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February 22, 2018

Details of initial design for Southeast Library renovation

On February 13, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to learn more about the planned renovation.

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February 8, 2018

Southeast Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Southeast Library on February 6.

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February 1, 2018

January community meeting summary for Eden Prairie Library renovation

On January 24, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to inform plans for the renovation.

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January 30, 2018

Southeast Library community meeting on February 13 at Rapson Hall

The next community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 6-8 p.m. on the University of Minnesota campus.

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December 29, 2017

Eden Prairie Library community meeting on Wednesday, January 24

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Wednesday, January 24, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie Library.

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December 29, 2017

Oxboro Library community meeting on Thursday, February 1

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Thursday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m. at Oxboro Library.

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November 29, 2017

Oxboro Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Oxboro Library on November 28.

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November 21, 2017

Hosmer Library design update

Details for the Hosmer Library renovation are beginning to take shape, including spaces for youth, meeting rooms and computers.

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November 15, 2017

Designer Selection Committee recommendation for North Regional Library

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Bentz/Thompson/Rietow as the architectural firm for the North Regional Library renovation.

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November 15, 2017

Designer Selection Committee recommendation for Westonka Library

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Gensler as the architectural firm for the new Westonka Library.

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November 15, 2017

Designer Selection Committee recommendation for Southdale Library

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended MSR as the architectural firm for the new Southdale Library.

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October 25, 2017

Hosmer Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Hosmer Library on October 24.

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October 5, 2017

Hosmer Library community meeting on Tuesday, November 14

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation at Hosmer Library on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8 p.m.

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September 7, 2017

Architect selection process for new Southdale Library underway

The Southdale Library project architect to be named by the end of 2017, with continued community engagement into 2018.

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August 7, 2017

Oxboro Library to be renovated in 2018

You are invited to a community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. to share your ideas about the upcoming 2018 renovation of Oxboro Library.

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July 26, 2017

Eden Prairie Library to be renovated in 2018-19

Eden Prairie Library will undergo a significant renovation in 2018 that will take nearly a year to complete. Please join us for a community meeting about the renovation on September 13 at Eden Prairie Library.

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July 21, 2017

Update on community input for the new Southdale Library

Library staff are currently reviewing input from community meetings held earlier this year and will complete the review and make a recommendation by early fall.

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June 26, 2017

Hosmer Library renovation May 31 community meeting summary

Community members met with Hosmer library staff to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation on May 31.

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June 13, 2017

Southeast Library June 7 Community Meeting Update

Community members met with Southeast Library staff and architects to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation.

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June 1, 2017

Southeast Library meeting, June 7

You are invited to a community meeting at Van Cleve Recreation Center to discuss the upcoming Southeast Library renovation project on Wednesday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.

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May 25, 2017

Hosmer Library community meeting, May 31

You are invited to a community meeting at Hosmer Library to discuss the upcoming renovation project that will conclude in 2018 on Wednesday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.

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March 3, 2017

Community meeting on the new Southdale Library, March 23

Join Library leaders to share your ideas for the new Southdale Library and learn more about the project timeline at Southdale Library, Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.

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January 5, 2017

Help shape development concepts for Southdale Library site

Join the City of Edina at Southdale Library for an interactive workshop on Feb. 9, 7 p.m. to view revised concepts for the Southdale Library site.

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November 15, 2016

What else should be built with the new Southdale Library?

Join us at Southdale Library tonight, 6-8 p.m. to give your input about redeveloping the 8-acre Southdale Library site. Return on Jan. 12 to hear a summary of the themes from the comment sessions.

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August 5, 2016

Southeast Library community meeting summary

At a community meeting on Aug. 4, Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson announced Southeast Library will remain at its current location and will undergo a major renovation.

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July 14, 2016

Southeast Library community meeting Thursday, Aug. 4

Join Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Hennepin County staff Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for an update on the Southeast Library building project.

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January 22, 2015

Southeast Library report on public engagement now available

The final report on library service for the Southeast neighborhoods entitled "Envisioning a Crossroads Library: A Report on Public Engagement and the Future of the Southeast Library" is now available.

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November 24, 2014

Share your ideas for library services in the Southeast community

Public meetings were held in the Cedar-Riverside, Como, Marcy-Holmes and Prospect Park neighborhoods during October to discuss the library, learning and information needs of the community.

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October 3, 2014

Southeast Library community meetings in October

Help us imagine the community library of the future at four public meetings. Join the community discussion!

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August 12, 2014

Southeast Library Services Steering Committee update

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Hennepin County Library Director Lois Thompson welcomed members of the Southeast Library Services Steering Committee to the group’s first meeting on July 24, 2014.

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March 26, 2014

HCL - Southeast Library facility assessment

The Hennepin County Library - Southeast Facility Assessment is available. Please see the attached document for more information.

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