Who we are

Hennepin County Library is a national leader of library service, innovation and excellence. Our 41 libraries, website and outreach services serve 1.2 million county residents over 611 square miles.

Mission and vision

Our mission is to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together.

We envision a Hennepin County where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.


Hennepin County Library is a department of Hennepin County government and reports to Hennepin County Administration and the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

The Hennepin County Library Board is an advisory board of Hennepin County residents appointed by the county board.

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is an active community of supporters that raises funds for books, movies, music, events and technology.

Strategic plan

Hennepin County Library Strategic Plan 2011-2025