The heart of our Library
Our collection is the heart of our Library… filled with amazing, life-changing, transformative ideas… and making them available to all. To make a difference, these ideas need to be shared. That’s what Libraries do every day.
With one of the largest public library collections in the country, Hennepin County Library’s collection is in frequent and high demand. In the last five years Friends funding has helped purchase nearly 20,000 books for our Library's collection!
friends help buy more books
Friends support expands the Library's children's book offerings, replaces copies of popular, timeworn titles such as Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes... and adds in-demand titles such as The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. This results in:
- Shorter waiting times
- Increased circulation
- More diversity of titles
Way More Than Books
Our Library's nationally recognized collection goes way beyond books!
“I’ve seen the power of a single book to show someone their own identity. I interact with kids who come in trying to figure out who they are and discover a world of books they don’t have access to at home. Librarians help people discover new possibilities.
And that changes the world.”
– Lois Langer Thompson, Hennepin County Library Director
Friends Power Preservation
Friends funding helps preserve our history and maintain or restore over 10,000 items – books, maps, photos, personal artifacts and more – per year, ensuring the longevity, usefulness, and accessibility of our collection!
A Gift to Future Generations
With your gift, our Library’s treasures will be preserved and made accessible for future generations.
Library donors supported the restoration of a unique historic map
A rare Minneapolis map from 1855 was restored with help from Friends and unveiled in October 2015.
The map is now hanging in Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central's special collections, which is open between 10 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, as well as on the first and third Saturday of the month.
Keep Our Stories Alive!
Make a gift to help build and preserve our treasured collection