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Ideas sought for new library in Uptown Minneapolis

Those interested in what a new public library in the Minneapolis Uptown area should look like can attend public meetings Saturday and July 16.
Hennepin County plans to replace the underground Walker Library at 2880 Hennepin Ave., and County Commiss

Those interested in what a new public library in the Minneapolis Uptown area should look like can attend public meetings Saturday and July 16.

Hennepin County plans to replace the underground Walker Library at 2880 Hennepin Ave., and County Commissioner Gail Dorfman will be at the meetings to solicit advice on how to best design and equip the new library.

More reading areas? More computers? Expanded meeting space? Dorfman said she wants to know.

The existing Walker Library opened in 1981 to replace the original branch built in 1911 on land donated by T. B. Walker, a businessman and art collector who served for 33 years on the Minneapolis Library Board and was its first president. But the library was built underground and has experienced maintenance problems for years, officials said.

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The old Minneapolis Library system considered many options with the building, including relocation, but couldn’t afford a fix. Now that the Hennepin and Minneapolis library systems have merged into the Hennepin County Library system, though, the county has approved funds for a new library.

The meetings, at the Walker Library, are:

  • Saturday, July 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • July 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.