May 22, 2022

Minnesota: The New Walker Branch of Hennepin County Public Library Opens in Minneapolis

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

The colorful new library features an array of meeting spaces named after the Chain of Lakes, a plethora of leather seats for reading, rentable iPads, a children’s play area, “roof monitors” that capture sunlight and big, glassy windows. It sits at a key intersection in Uptown, right off The Mall on the corner of Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues.

“When we started this project we wanted to build a 21st Century library,” said Lois Langer Thompson, Hennepin County’s top library. “And I think you’re going to find we achieved that.”

The $12 million project was paid almost entirely by Hennepin County, with about $500,000 coming from the city of Minneapolis, said Hennepin County commissioner Mike Opat. The county operates 41 libraries.

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See Also: Learn More About the Walker Library Project (Complete Documentation)

See Also: Learn More About Other HCPL Building Projects

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