Approach the library on Hennepin Avenue and 4th street, and be greeted by a remarkable structure covered in bright windows and including a central “wing” taking flight.
Get lost in the hustle and bustle of city life as you step inside the library atrium.
Glance up in awe at the four levels that house Minneapolis Central’s stacks – more than 1.3 million items in total.
Enjoy a welcome from Minerva–the 1,700 pound bronze sculpture who has greeted guests since 1889 when the first central library was built.
Explore one of the gems of the first floor of the library. The children’s area is stocked with whimsical art, nods to classic tales, tools to explore and discover, play areas, and of course, plenty of stories.
Be sure to say hello to the wonderful library staff on duty ready to give a recommendation, answer a reference question, facilitate an activity, teach one to use a computer program and more!
Read, lounge or study on one of four floors, surrounded by unique, curated art.
Teens can spend the afternoon at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, chock full of tools for creating such as a recording studio, 3D printers, sewing machines, photography equipment and more.
Located on the 2nd floor, the Best Buy Teen Tech Center has been around since 2013.
Need to search something, write a paper, apply for a job, print a script, fax a resume or…just about anything else? Take advantage of the computer stations–there are plenty!
Check out this wooden archway, which originally graced the Ladies Reading Room at the first central library. Today the arch serves as the entrance to the Special Collections Department, offering a fitting reminder of the library’s long legacy.
Inside Special Collections, you can find all sorts of treasures – from old yearbook photos and menus, to postcards and correspondence, to this proposal from Eloise Butler to the parks commissioner!
Have a book club, study group or meeting on the table? Bop into one of more than 15 meeting rooms and other spaces available to reserve at Minneapolis Central Library.
…One of those spaces being Pohlad Hall! This auditorium with fixed, theater-style seating is available for free public reservation! Screen a movie, put on a private concert or attend an event such as our Talk of the Stacks author lecture series.
Lastly, experience a rotating exhibit at Cargill Gallery. This space committed to community-engaged group exhibits and local creators from underserved communities is sure to dazzle.
Learn about the current exhibit here