Ridgedale Library building project


Projected completion: Summer 2018

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


November 16, 2017

Ridgedale Library Art Selection Committee meeting, November 21

The second meeting of the Art Selection Committee for Ridgedale Library will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 5-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library.

October 24, 2017

Ridgedale Library questions and answers for artists

A record of questions and answers from the Ridgedale Library informational meeting for artists on October 10 and a presentation about the project by the architect are now available.

September 28, 2017

Call for artists for Ridgedale Library public art

An open call for artists for the Ridgedale Library One Percent for Art public art project will run from September 28–October 25.


View photos of the Ridgedale Library building project on Flickr

Ridgedale Library Building Project