Hosmer Library to close for renovation

Beginning Monday, August 27, Hosmer Library will be closed for renovation. The library is scheduled to reopen by the end of spring 2019.

One of four Carnegie-funded libraries in the city of Minneapolis, Hosmer Library opened in 1916. The building’s historic character will be carefully retained through the renovation, as the library has received historic designation from the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. Repairs and preservation work will address the building exterior, including the large skylight and refurbishment of historic wood windows.

Inside, patrons will find library spaces updated for increased flexibility and improved access to library services. The renovated entry will increase connectivity between the library’s main floor and the lower level, and meeting spaces of various sizes will be available on both floors. Areas for children and teens will be located to the front of the building and designed to support the activity level of youth programs, with the back of the building offering quieter computer use and seating.

Restrooms will be upgraded for ADA compliance, new energy-efficient LED lighting will be installed, and wireless connectivity will be improved throughout the building. The project budget is $4.4 million, with the design by architect Leo A Daly.

“Hosmer Library has served its community for over 100 years,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “With this renovation, we’re investing in the health of the building and ensuring library services can be successfully delivered in decades to come.”

During the closure, patrons are invited to use other Hennepin County libraries:

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, will host out-of-school programming, including Teen Tech Squad and Homework Help, to support neighborhood students during the closure.

Holds with Hosmer Library designated as the pickup location will automatically change to East Lake Library. To select a different pickup location, patrons can Ask Us online, by phone at 612-543-KNOW (5669) or in person at any Hennepin County library.

The Hosmer Library book return will also be closed during this time. Library materials may be returned to any other Hennepin County library.

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