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Linden Hills Library Records

Identifier: HCL 049

Description of Contents

This collection contains fact sheets, brochures, building information, contracts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, plans, maps, and other administrative records documenting the history of Linden Hills Library from 1911 to 2008.


  • Creation: 1912 - 2008



The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours.


The Linden Hills Library opened in 1911 at 2740 43rd St. W in Southwest Minneapolis. The library rented out the ground floor of the Lake Harriet Commercial Club building until 1928 when it lost its lease to the U.S. Post Office, forcing the library to move upstairs. Elderly patrons found it difficult to climb the stairs to the library and circulation faltered. In 1930, the branch received funding to build its own building in the Linden Hills community.

At a cost of approximately $42,000, a new building was constructed and opened in 1931 at 2900 43rd St. W. A children’s library was located in the basement of the building with the adult library on the main floor. The library was popular, setting a record for circulation in the summer of 1961 of 1,500 books – an average of 3 books per minute. When the library opened in 1931, it held about 10,000 books, a holding that increased to over 25,000 by 1981. In 1993 an Advisory Committee was organized recommend renovations and expansion of the library. In 2000, the Linden Hills Library building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renovations and expansion of the building were completed in 2002. Linden Hills and the rest of the Minneapolis Public Library branches were merged with the Hennepin County Library system in 2008.


1.26 Linear Feet (3 archival boxes)

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Fact sheets, brochures, building information, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other administrative records documenting the history and operations of Linden Hills Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1911 to 2008. Linden Hills Library was part of the Minneapolis Public Library. The Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library merged in 2008. Linden Hills Library is now part of the Hennepin County Library.

Custodial History

Materials from before 2008 were included in the Minneapolis Public Library archives (accession 2019.25).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection contains materials transferred to the archives by Hennepin County Library administration in 2017 accession 2019.25.

Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

This is one of many collections documenting Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library locations. For photographs, see HCL 002 Hennepin County Library Photographs.

M/A 0228 Linden Hills Neighborhood History Projects Collection

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Grant Wilson, supervised by Jenna Jacobs, from October to December 2019.


Linden Hills Library Records
Grant Wilson and Jenna Jacobs
October 2019
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.