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Bloomington West Library Records

Identifier: HCL 005

Description of Contents

This collection contains newspaper clippings, building site information, and other administrative records documenting the history of the proposed Bloomington West Library from 1970 to 1989. The bulk of the collection is internal Hennepin County Library correspondence and communication between Hennepin County Library and the City of Bloomington.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1989



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


In 1967, the Bloomington Library Study Committee called for the building of four to six new libraries in the City of Bloomington. The final libraries of this list were to be built in western Bloomington. Influenced by this and later plans for the growth of Bloomington's libraries, Hennepin County purchased three acres of land along Old Shakopee Road and Oxborough Avenue in western Bloomington for a library. Population growth did not match expectations and the library was never built. In 1988, the Old Shakopee Road site was sold to the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

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Newspaper clippings, building site information, and other administrative records documenting the history of a proposed Bloomington West Library in Bloomington, Minnesota, from 1970 to 1989. Bloomington West Library was never built, but would have been part of the Hennepin County Library.

Custodial History

Portions of this collection (accession 2018.16) were previously managed by Hennepin County Library Officially Withdrawn, an organization for retired and former staff of Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Library.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 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 Hennepin County Library locations. For photographs, see HCL 002 Hennepin County Library Photographs. For earlier, see Bloomington Library Records. See also Eden Prairie Library Records, Oxboro Library Records, and Penn Lake Library Records.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs from August to September 2018.

Bloomington West Library Records
Jenna Jacobs
November 2018
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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.