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Brookdale Library Records

Identifier: HCL 037

Description of Contents

This collection contains fact sheets, brochures, building information, newspaper clippings, correspondence, plans, maps, and other administrative records documenting the history of Brookdale Library from 1973 to 2012.


  • Creation: 1973 - 2012



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


Preceding the building of its first library, Brooklyn Center had service from a Hennepin County Bookmobile. The first library in the village of Brooklyn Center (as it was then known), at 5601 Osseo Road (subsequently named Brooklyn Boulevard), opened on December 29, 1965. It was the first public library built in the United States which received funds from the 1964 Library Services and Construction Act.

The library opened in its current location, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, in 1981. As the first structure in Hennepin County to be built in compliance with Minnesota's Sustainable Design Guide (now known as B3 Guidelines), it is one of three Hennepin County structures with a library, county courthouse, licensing and records services office, and social service and community corrections offices. Initially, the library's space was 31,400 ft, including three meeting rooms. As the building abuts a swamp and nearby Shingle Creek, native plants were included in the landscaping, using trees, shrubs and plants that thrive in Minnesota's weather and support native animals and insects. A library in Brooklyn Center was part of Hennepin County's long-range library construction program which was published by the 1969 Minnesota State Legislature

The library underwent a major renovation and expansion in 2002-03 and reopened in 2004 in its current location. The library is part of a larger complex that houses district courts and a Hennepin County service center.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 archival boxes)

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Fact sheets, brochures, building information, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other administrative records documenting the history and operations of Brookdale Library in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, from 1973 to 2012. Brookdale Library is 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Portions of this collection (accession 2018.16) were previously managed by Hennepin County Library Officially Withdrawn, an organization for retired and former staff of Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Library.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 Brooklyn Center. For later, See Brooklyn Park

Processing Information

This collection was processed by KP McClintock, supervised by Jenna Jacobs, from September to December 2018.

Brookdale Library Records
KP McClintock and Jenna Jacobs
December 2018
Description rules
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.