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Located near Lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha, this is the only Hennepin County Library named after a character from literature: the Iroquois maiden Nokomis from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

Built in 1968 to serve the Nokomis East neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Nokomis Library has a long tradition of commitment to families, children and teens.   

The community values the library’s importance as a cornerstone of lifelong learning for the area. In 2011, the library underwent a significant renovation to incorporate increased and more flexible space for children, teens and adults, more computers, additional customer conveniences, an environmentally friendly landscape and other features. A 4,300 square-foot addition expanded the building to 17,340 square feet. 24 more computers were added, for a total of 35 computers with Internet access, plus three public catalog computers and building-wide wireless access. Nokomis Library reopened to the community on Saturday, April 30, 2011 after the renovation. 

Architecture

·     Built 1968.  Renovated in 2011.   

·     17,700 sq. ft.; parking lot entered from 51st St. 

  

Special Features  
Ground level multi-purpose space for storytimes, library programs, community meetings and more

Early literacy/interactive discovery zone for young children

Green sustainable architecture and design, including: native plantings and storm water management system, maximized use of natural day lighting, and use of sustainable products and renewable resources

Geothermal heating/cooling systems

Wind chime that reflects the image of nearby Minnehaha Falls


 

 

 

 

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