New Excelsior Library opening September 13, current library closing August 16

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The new Hennepin County Library – Excelsior at 337 Water Street will open with a celebration on Saturday, September 13. Event details are forthcoming.

The current Excelsior Library at 343 Third Street, which has served area residents since 1965, will close on Saturday, August 16, at 5 p.m., to facilitate the move to the new location.

During the four-week closure, patrons are encouraged to visit nearby Hennepin County libraries: Minnetonka Library is at 17524 Excelsior Boulevard; Ridgedale Library is at 12601 Ridgedale Drive in Minnetonka; and Wayzata Library is at 620 Rice Street.

Patrons who face a barrier to using a nearby library may contact the Library's At Home Service at 612-543-8850.

Patron requests with Excelsior Library as the pickup location will change to Minnetonka Library automatically. Patrons may choose an alternate pickup location for their requests through "My Account" at

The book return at Excelsior Library will also be closed during this time. Books and other library materials may be renewed or returned to any other Hennepin County library. To renew materials by phone, call the Library’s renewal line: 612-543-8811.

For help renewing materials or selecting an alternate pickup location, Ask Us online, by phone (612-543-KNOW) or in person at any Hennepin County library.

Hennepin County broke ground on the new $5.6 million Excelsior Library last August. Located in the heart of downtown and adjacent to the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail, it will be accessible to residents and visitors whether they drive, bike or walk.

At 7,200 square feet, the new library will have nearly double the public space. It will include a refreshed collection, a multipurpose room for library programs and community meetings, public art from mural artist Greg Preslicka, and comfortable reading areas and spaces for all.

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