NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | What do you want in your neighborhood library?


What do you want in your neighborhood library? Now’s the time to speak up. The Hennepin County library system intends to renovate Roosevelt Library at 4026 28th Ave. S. and is currently soliciting feedback from community residents.

The next community meeting is set for Wednesday, July 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sibley Park Recreation Center. “This meeting will focus on obtaining more specific community feedback based on discussion question responses, building configuration and the historic qualities of the building,” said Hennepin County Library Senior Librarian Kelli Koob.

At the June 14 community meeting, the following information was shared:

• The project budget is $3.2 million with funding provided by the city of Minneapolis per the 2000 Library referendum.

• The renovation will include basic accessibility and ADA building code requirements, restrooms on the main floor, new furniture throughout and exterior maintenance work such as masonry tuck-pointing and roof replacement. The renovation will also provide the opportunity to reconfigure existing space to better accommodate library patrons.

• Preliminary design concepts were discussed by attendees and are depicted in the document attached, Roosevelt Library Community Presentation 6.14.2011. The project budget does allow for the addition of a meeting room.

• Meeting attendees were asked to provide feedback on community discussion questions including how they currently use the library and what they would like to see in the renovated Roosevelt Library. 

“We were very encouraged by the number of responses to the discussion questions asking how the community uses the current building, what they like about the Roosevelt Library and their hopes for a renovated building,” said Koob.  “Thirty-four residents responded to the discussion questions at the community meeting on June 14, via the website or by paper survey at the Roosevelt library.  

“Based on the responses we received, residents clearly appreciate having  a library within walking or biking distance and like the cozy feel of the historic building,” she added. 

If you’re not able to attend the July 20meeting and would like to leave a comment online, go to .

Questions asked:

• Why do you come to the Roosevelt library?

• What do you do when you get to the library?

• What features of the current library do you like?

• What features/activities would make you visit the library more often?

• What services/building features would attract people who don’t use the library now?


The meeting on July 20 will include a summary of responses to the community discussion questions and also more detailed concept designs.The meeting is open to all and there is no need to RSVP.  


Direct questions to: 

Kelli Koob

Capital Projects Office

(612) 543-8621


Roosevelt Library is located at 4026 28th Ave. S. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-8 and Saturdays from 10-6. More information at .

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