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“The right book in the right hands at the right time can change the world.” – Goodreads

Join us in supporting the 2014 Collections Campaign!

“Donations to the collection will help us acquire more of the materials patrons want and get them to patrons faster.” -Library Director, Lois Langer Thompson

After several years of large budget cuts, Hennepin County Library (HCL) is looking to reinvest in its collection. This means acquiring more materials to increase the breadth of the collection and decrease patron wait times. Currently, the Library has almost 1,500 titles with more than five patrons on its waiting list. These are not just bestsellers; they include other high-demand titles such as standardized test preparation materials. This can result in a wait time of 10-12 months for a book!

In 2014, Friends of HCL goal is to invest $200,000 in the collection to help purchase 8,000+ books. With your help, your Library will be able to get the right books into the right hands more quickly.

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Make a Gift to the 2014 Collections Campaign by writing “collections campaign” in comment box.

Hennepin County Library Collections

With the 12th largest public library collection in the country and 5th largest circulation rate, the Hennepin County Library’s collection is in frequent and high demand. In 2013, more than 15 million items were borrowed — that’s nearly 13 books and other items per County resident! Containing more than 5 million items, the collection serves as a major resource for the entire State. Highlights include more than 3.5 million books, the largest children’s collection in the upper Midwest, 150,000 pieces of sheet music, literature in more than 40 languages, the 2nd largest cookbook collection in the U.S., and a significant electronic collection including eJournals, periodicals, databases, and eBooks.

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