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A significant architectural and cultural landmark since 1915, Sumner Library was freshly renovated and expanded in 2004. It's now a state-of-the-art, fully accessible library with a strong collection of books, media, and community resources. 

The new adult reading room blends in with the historic building, which features restored original woodwork and furnishings. The library is named for Charles Sumner, a U.S. Senator from
Massachusetts who was an outspoken abolitionist. With expanded space on the lower level for programs and literacy tutoring, the library is a community focal point and important gathering place where people meet, learn, research, and read.



·     Built 1915

·     Expanded in 1927, 1939, and 2004

·     Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission historic designation and listed on National Register of Historic Places

·     Two levels; 14, 600 sq. ft.; parking lot entered from 7th Ave.



Sedimentary by Seitu Jones and George Roberts highlighting cultural heritage through wood and words.


Special Features

·     Gary N. Sudduth African American History and Culture Collection

·     Cargill Room and Nellie Stone Johnson Room for gatherings

·     North Side Learning Center provides tutoring program in lower level.



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