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Minerva Circle

 Recognizing Annual Major Donors of Friends of the Hennepin County Library

The Minerva Circle of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library recognizes our most generous individual supporters who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Minerva Circle members understand the importance of the Library’s role in our communities and join together to support a premier system that serves 1.2 million residents with 41 locations.

The Minerva Circle is named in honor of the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and learning and the protector of libraries. A statue of Minerva has welcomed patrons to Minneapolis Central Library since it opened in 1889.

Join or renew your Minerva Circle membership and help write the next chapter in the life of our Library.



(Click on the “JOIN BY MAIL” to download a PDF of a mailable donation form. This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download this free software here.)

Members of our Minerva Circle enjoy the following benefits:

Patron: $1,000 – $4,999

  • Invitations to private events with authors and special event receptions throughout the year
  • Discounts and priority ticketing for Pen Pals author series
  • Reserved seating for Talk of the Stacks author programs
  • Recognition in the Friends of HCL’s annual report
  • 10% discount at 15 local bookstores

Leader: $2,500-$4,999
All Patron benefits above, plus:

  • Exclusive access to special events and programs including private dinners with authors
  • Recognition as a leadership contributor in Friends of HCL publications

Pillar: $5,000 and above
All Leader benefits above, plus:

  • Private curated tour of HCL Special Collection for you and guests
  • Two complimentary season subscriptions to Pen Pals*

*Pen Pals tickets decrease the tax-deductibility of a donation by the value of those items

For more information about the Minerva Circle, please call the Friends of HCL at 612.543.8106.

300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 | 612.543.8100 (Main line) | friends@hclib.org