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North Regional Library Records

Identifier: HCL 058

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 North Regional Library from 1964 to 2007.


  • Creation: 1964 - 2007



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


Since opening in 1971, North Regional Library at 1315 Lowry Ave. N has served a diverse community in the Near North Community of Minneapolis. First proposed as an addition to the Minneapolis Public Library system in 1964, North Regional was envisioned as a large, regional library to draw patrons from across North Minneapolis. After selecting the block on Lowry Avenue between Fremont and Girard Avenues, Minneapolis architectural firm Miller Dunwiddie was engaged to draw up the plans. In anticipation of the grand opening on October 24, 1971, 25,000 leaflets were sent out to the residents in the neighborhood, inviting them to visit their new library. Minneapolis Public Library director Ernest Gaines envisioned a citywide system of regional libraries like North Regional. A south regional library was planned but never built.

The Emerson Room, located inside North Regional Library, housed a New England literature collection of 500 books donated by J. Harold Kittleson. It was decorated like the interior of a New England home of the 19th century. Books in teh collection included first editions by authors including Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Lowell, Henry David Thoreau, and John Greenleaf Whittier. The collection, now known as the 19th Century Collection, is now housed in Special Collections at the Minneapolis Central Library.

In 2007, North Regional Library was renovated to update its facilities and improve accessibility. Renovations of the 32,600 square foot space were designed by KKE Architects and totaled $4,567,083, with $2.583 million sourced from voter referendum funding, $1.6 million from the City of Minneapolis’ Capital Improvement Program. Additional dollars were provided by the State of Minnesota Department of Education (for an accessibility grant) and from the surrounding Cleveland, Jordan and McKinley neighborhoods, which contributed $32,500. The remodeled space reopened following a renovation on January 27, 2007. An additional renovation was completed in 2020.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 containers)

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Fact sheets, brochures, building information, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other administrative records documenting the history and operations of North Regional Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1964 to 2007. North Regional Library was part of the Minneapolis Public Library. The Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library merged in 2008. North Regional 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). Portions of the collection (accession 2018.16) were previously managed by Hennepin County Library Officially Withdrawn, an organization for retired and former staff of Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection contains materials transferred to the archives by Hennepin County Library administration in 2017 accession 2019.25. Additional materials transferred by Hennepin County Library administration in 2017 as accession 2018.38 and in 2018 as accession 2018.16.

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. For earlier, see North Library Records.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs in February 2021.

North Regional Library Records
Jenna Jacobs
February 2021
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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.