While we are temporarily closed

Hennepin County has closed all public-facing services at all 41 libraries, human service centers, and licensing service centers through April 10. Learn more about the countywide state of emergency.

You’ll find the most current information about library services on this page. We’ll update the page as more information is available.

Last updated Monday, 3/30, 11:30 a.m.


Library services available at home

Remember that the library is here for you, even throughout the closure.

Managing your account

Library card applications

  • We are currently unable to accept library card applications online.
  • Check back soon, as we are working on a new way to connect Hennepin County residents to library resources while our libraries are closed.

Due dates for physical materials

  • Due dates for all physical materials have been extended. No items will be due for at least three weeks after we reopen.

Fines during the closure

  • No new fines will accrue during the closure, because due dates for all physical materials have been extended.
  • Previously assessed fines will still be on your account, but please talk to us about your fines – we’ll be ready to help.

Holds ready for pickup

  • Holds that are listed as ready for pickup at your library will be held there until at least one week after we reopen.

Placing new holds

  • At this time, you can continue to place library materials on hold. Existing limits still apply.
  • You will not receive notices about holds during the closure.
  • Once libraries reopen, holds will remain available for pickup for at least one week.
  • If you’re not ready to place holds, remember you can keep track of items you want to read later with the For Later shelf in My Account.

Returning materials

  • Book drops are now closed. Please do not return materials at this time, because staff are not on site to process returns.
  • Due dates for all physical materials have been extended. No items are due until at least three weeks after we reopen.
  • Thank you for keeping library materials safely in your possession until we reopen.

Other updates

Additional details about reduced library services

  • Library events remain canceled through April 30.
  • K-12 Homework Help in-person tutoring remains canceled until further notice.
  • Meeting and conference room reservations remain canceled with no new reservations allowed through April 30.
  • Outreach services are currently suspended until further notice.