Ridgedale Library building project

Renovation

2017: Construction

About the project

Ridgedale Library closed for renovation July 9. Although the library is closed until summer 2018, holds pickup and the book drop for returns are still available. Hennepin County Library administrative offices and the loading dock for deliveries are also open during construction.

Other building services that remain open include the Hennepin County service center, courts and human services, as well as the coffee shop.

Library improvements include:

  • A more open floor plan with lower shelving and access to natural light and the outdoor environment
  • A variety of seating styles and reading areas
  • New lighting, new furniture and greater access to technology
  • Additional meeting and private study rooms
  • Separate and enhanced children’s areas for toddler/preschool, school-age, and teens
  • New gathering spaces and sensory and wellness rooms
The project is budgeted at $21.4 million, which includes $7.6 million for the library interior and $13.8 million for maintenance of the building that houses the library, Hennepin County Service Center and District Court.

Infrastructure work includes:

  • $1.8 million in lighting upgrades, including a conversion to LED lighting throughout the building
  • $2.8 million for physical improvements to the exterior of the building
  • $7.5 million for replacement of mechanical and electrical equipment and systems, upgrades to the building automation systems and parking lot drainage improvement

News

June 20, 2017

Ridgedale Library closed for a major renovation project on Sunday, July 9

Ridgedale Library closed for a major renovation on Sunday, July 9 at 5 p.m. Library holds and returns will remain available during the closure.

June 16, 2016

Presentation from Ridgedale Library renovation open house

Members of the Ridgedale Library community learned about the results of a community survey and saw preliminary renovation designs on Tuesday, June 14.

June 8, 2016

Ridgedale Library renovation project open house

Join us Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Ridgedale Library to review preliminary designs for the library’s renovation project.