Sumner Library refurbishment project


Closing for renovation October 7, 2023

About the project

This historic Carnegie-funded library opened in 1915. It is named for Charles Sumner, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and an outspoken abolitionist. The library has received historic designation from the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 2004-05 renovation refurbished or reclaimed many historical building features. A new interior refurbishment project will begin in 2022. 

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August 28, 2023

Sumner Library closing for renovation

Sumner Library will close for a renovation project beginning Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, and is expected to reopen in fall 2024.

May 12, 2023

Sumner Library engages community in renovation planning

Hennepin County Library hosted a series of events to engage the public and gather feedback on the upcoming renovation of Sumner Library.

May 5, 2023

Continuing Conversations - Sumner Library Renovation Planning

Join a continuing conversation about the renovation plans for Sumner Library on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be led by library staff and architect Mohammed Lawal. Participants can also view drawings and floor plans, and share their feedback. All are welcome.