Build & Preserve Our Treasured Collection

THE COLLECTION'S LIFE-CHANGING INFORMATION & PERSPECTIVES… AVAILABLE TO ALL
Mother and daughter browse library collection
 

The Heart of Our Library

    At the heart of our Library is the collection … filled with information and transformative content … free and available to all. Each and every day, these shared resources are shaping and uplifting lives of people across our community.

    With one of the largest public library collections in the country, Hennepin County Library’s resource materials are in frequent and high demand. In the last five years, Friends of HCL has funded nearly 50,000 books, resulting in shorter hold times, increased circulation, and a broader diversity of titles.

      “There is such power in finding the first book where you see yourself.”
      —Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Senior Librarian

      Friends Help to Buy More Books

      Financial support from Friends helps expand the children’s collection, replace copies of popular, timeworn titles such as Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes ... and add additional copies of in-demand titles such as Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

      Your support of the library's collection
      results in:

      Shorter
      waiting
      time
      Shorter
      waiting
      time
      Increased
      circulation 
      Increased
      circulation 
      Broader
      diversity
      of
      titles
      Broader
      diversity
      of
      titles

      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! With your gift, our library’s treasures will continue to be preserved and made accessible for future generations.

      Our library's nationally recognized collection goes way beyond books!

       

      E-books
      E-books
      Music
      and
      audiobooks
      Music
      and
      audiobooks
      Genealogy
      and
      local
      history
      Genealogy
      and
      local
      history
      Newspapers
      and
      magazines
      Newspapers
      and
      magazines
      Large
      print
      books
      Large
      print
      books
      Movies
      Movies
      Adult reading a book

      "Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—where information is free and equally available to everyone..." —Carla Hayden

      Empowering Change in Our Community

      This spring, our community called out for resources to educate ourselves about the history of racism in this country and for resources to help us learn, grow, and build a better, more equitable world for all. With the collection in such high demand, including a 30% increase in downloadable audio and e-books, many patrons were experiencing exceptionally long wait times. In response, Friends of HCL is contributing more than $250,000 in 2020 to dramatically expand access to these popular e-resources, including e-books, audiobooks, and more. Throughout the summer, the most popular e-book titles were available with no holds. These funds are also increasing access to more than 700 e-books with a particular emphasis on children’s and youth titles.

      Help us increase access to more than 700 e-books

      Donate Today >>