Roosevelt Library reopens

Landmark Hennepin County Library - Roosevelt will reopen on Saturday, June 1, 2013 after a 15-month renovation. The architect of the renovation is Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain Architects. Library square footage, including the new multipurpose room, is 4,511 square feet. Project budget is $3.2 million. Funding was provided by City of Minneapolis bond proceeds from the city-wide 2000 library referendum.

Renovation Highlights

  • Addition of 500-square-foot multipurpose community room
  • Refreshed collection of books, DVDs and CDs
  • More access to technology: a pilot program will provide 12 iPads for patron use within the building; more public computers (15 total, an increase of 4) and wireless Internet
  • Improved spaces for children, teens and adults, including a teen area that accommodates out-of-school use
  • An interactive early literacy space for young children
  • More casual seating/lounge areas
  • Accessible entry and main floor public restrooms
  • Increased operational efficiencies, with one customer service point
  • More efficient staff work area, with a staff work station and materials handling area
  • Increased natural light; refurbished windows; duplication of several of the original features, including faux skylights and window seats
  • Outdoor public spaces with three benches for reading/gathering
  • Other exterior improvements: tuck pointing of the brick façade; restored exterior decorative light fixtures; a new fence; a new sidewalk; a new bike rack; new landscaping, including a variety of perennial flowers and plants plus some lawn space; a new monument sign in front of the building; resurfaced parking lot
  • Environmental/sustainable features include new, energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; lighting; and an updated storm water management system

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