To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
Show all languages
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Minneapolis Public Library

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

exterior seen from slightly above street level
The new Central Library, designed by César Pelli, completed in 2006

The Minneapolis Public Library (MPL) was a library system that served the residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. It was founded in 1885 with the establishment of the Minneapolis Library Board by an amendment to the Minneapolis City Charter. Lumber baron and philanthropist T. B. Walker and other city leaders such as Thomas Lowry were members of the first library board. In 2008, after some financial difficulties, the library was merged into the Hennepin County Library system.[1] At the time of its merger, the library included Central Library in downtown Minneapolis and fourteen branch libraries.[2] Its collection numbered about 3.1 million items with about 2.2 million of these housed in the central library.[3]

YouTube Encyclopedic

  • 1/3
    25 755
    4 038
  • ✪ Twin Cities Light Rail is a Successful Transit Solution
  • ✪ Catalyst 2015 - Minneapolis Central Library
  • ✪ PLA Conference 2008



Central Library

The atrium of the Central Library
The atrium of the Central Library
Interior of Central Library in 2006
Interior of Central Library in 2006
Periodical stacks at the Central Library
Periodical stacks at the Central Library

The predecessor of Minneapolis's public library was a private library called the Minneapolis Athenæum. It was organized by Minneapolis businessmen in 1859 as a subscription library,[4] and its shares were traded on the local stock market. After T. B. Walker moved to Minneapolis he bought shares in the Athenæum and gave away memberships to it, promoting the idea of a free public library for the city. Other stock holders raised objections, but the technique worked and soon the city financed a free library for the public with a one mill property tax.[5] When the Minneapolis Public Library was established in 1885 the Athenæum became a partner of it and still exists as a separate nonprofit organization sharing space with the library.[4]

Three central libraries have been built in Minneapolis, each replacing the last with a bigger and more up-to-date building. The first opened in 1889, the second in 1961 and the third and current building in 2006.

On November 7, 2000, Minneapolis voters approved a $140 million package to improve library services, including funding a new Central Library building. The building was designed by Cesar Pelli, along with the Minneapolis firm Architectural Alliance,[6][7] It opened to the public on May 20, 2006. At a cost of $250 per square foot, the library features a host of energy-efficient measures, including a roof garden and substantial daylight. While the building was under construction, most services were provided at the interim Central Library Marquette location, on two floors in Marquette Plaza (formerly the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis). Cost of providing an interim site while the old library was demolished and rebuilt exceeded $10 million.

Until the 2002 closure and demolition of the old central library, the Minneapolis Planetarium found its home there, possessing a projector machine literally older than the space age itself (originally delivered and installed in 1954, three years before the launch of Sputnik I). In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature apportioned funding for a new planetarium, then planned to be on the roof of the new Central Library building.[8] Instead, the planetarium is now planned to be part of a new Bell Museum of Natural History building, on the University of Minnesota's Saint Paul campus.[9]

Community libraries

The first two branches of the Minneapolis Public Library opened in 1890, one each on the north and south sides of Minneapolis. A branch in the basement of North High School opened on February 27, 1890, and one at 17th and Franklin Ave on April 23.[10] By 2002 there were fourteen branches or community libraries. Each library had a staff member who was assigned to local schools to discuss the services available at the library.

The 2002 referendum also included funds to renovate community libraries, supplementing an existing program.[11] The community libraries and their renovation status are:

Historic buildings

The first central Minneapolis Public Library pictured in the early 20th century cost $324,894.[5]
The first central Minneapolis Public Library pictured in the early 20th century cost $324,894.[5]

Many of the buildings built by the Minneapolis Public Library system are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In some cases, the libraries have been demolished and moved to new, more modern buildings.

Of this list, all but the North Branch library were built under the leadership of the city's head librarian, Gratia Countryman. Franklin, Sumner, and Thirty-Sixth Street were built with funds from Andrew Carnegie.[26]


Unusually for a public library, the Minneapolis Public Library used the Library of Congress Classification. Prior to 1969 it used the Dewey Decimal System, although around 1890, the library switched to the early and short-lived Putnam Classification System, developed by Minneapolis librarian Herbert Putnam. He later became Librarian of Congress, and revised his Putnam system into the current Library of Congress classification system.[27]


2000 referendum

In 2000 Minneapolis voters approved a $140 million package to fund a new $110 million Central Library building, and spend $30 million on improvements to community libraries.[28] The referendum began as a framework for discussion called Outlook Twenty Ten: A Discussion Plan to Improve All Minneapolis Community Libraries, submitted to the Minneapolis Public Library Board in July 1999,[29] and drafted in anticipation of voters approving the referendum.[28] The framework was submitted to the board by Amy Ryan, Chief of Community Libraries. When the referendum was approved, the Library Board turned to the plan which contained a profile of each of the fourteen community libraries, including highlights of patron surveys.[29] It also contained at least three suggestions for every community library, entitled Options 'A', 'B', 'C' and onward. An update on the plan came out in 2004.[30]

Adamson v. Minneapolis Public Library

Adamson v. Minneapolis Public Library was a civil complaint of 23 March 2003 by a dozen librarians against the library's management for a claimed failure to prevent sexual harassment over many years by library patrons having unlimited use of library computers for accessing pornography. The case followed an EEOC determination on 23 May 2001 that "the Respondent did subject the Charging Party to sexually hostile work environment. This is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended."[31] The case settled when the library agreed to pay the plaintiffs $435,000 and to take corrective action to prevent further harassment.

Funding crisis and merger

Despite city funding and some private support, the library had suffered from reduced funding from external sources, including the federal government and Local Government Aid (LGA) from the State of Minnesota. In the recession of the 2000s following the Dot-com bubble, hours were drastically cut and money for acquisitions sharply declined. Because Minnesota library card holders could borrow from other systems in the state, MPL also duplicated services offered by Hennepin County Library (HCL), which saw shared use by MPL patrons. This was especially apparent on Mondays, when Minneapolis libraries were closed.[32]

In 2007, the Minneapolis Library Board agreed to pursue a merger with the county system. The Minneapolis Library Board and Minneapolis City Council approved the merger in March 2007, the Hennepin County Board approved the merger in April 2007, and on May 19, 2007 the Minnesota State Legislature approved a bill merging the systems during 2008. The merged system is the Hennepin County Library with 41 locations.[33] On January 1, 2008, the library was merged into the Hennepin County Library. The last meeting of the Minneapolis Public Library Board of Trustees took place on December 19, 2007.


There were 11 full-time directors in the history of the MPL.[34]

  • Herbert Putnam, 1888–1891
  • James Kendall Hosmer, 1892–1904
  • Gratia Countryman, 1904–1936
  • Glenn M. Lewis (interim), 1936–1937
  • Carl Vitz, 1937–1945
  • Glenn M. Lewis, 1946–1957
  • Raymond E. Williams, 1957–1963
  • Margaret M. Mull (interim), 1963–1964
  • Ervin J. Gaines, 1964–1974
  • Mary L. Dyer (interim), 1974–1975
  • Joseph Kimbrough, 1975–1989
  • Susan Goldberg Kent, 1990–1995
  • Mary Lawson, 1996–2002
  • Jan Feye-Stukas (interim), 2002–2003
  • Katherine G. Hadley, 2003–2007
  • Jane Eastwood (interim), 2007–2008

See also


  1. ^ Gordon Flagg (January 11, 2008). "Minneapolis PL Merges with Hennepin County Library". American Libraries Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Hours for All Locations". 2007-02-20. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29.
  3. ^ According to the 2004 Minneapolis Public Library board report
  4. ^ a b Minneapolis Athenaeum Archived 2012-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Atwater, Isaac (1893). History of the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1. Munsell via Google Books. pp. 282–299.
  6. ^ Mack, Linda (May 12, 2006). "Reader friendly: New library is a beacon for books". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on July 21, 2006.
  7. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04.
  8. ^ Minnesota Planetarium official site
  9. ^ Bell Museum official site Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Benidt, Bruce Weir, The Library Book, Centennial History of the Minneapolis Public Library, 1984, p.53
  11. ^ Outlook 2010 master plan Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: East Lake Archived 2007-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Franklin Library Archived 2007-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Hosmer Archived 2007-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Linden Hills Archived 2007-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Nokomis Archived 2007-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: North Regional Archived 2007-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Northeast Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ RFP for renovation Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Pierre Bottineau Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Roosevelt Library Archived 2007-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Archived 2009-01-23 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Sumner Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Minneapolis Public Library: Washburn Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "Webber Park Library". Hennepin County Library. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  26. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  27. ^ Andy Sturdevant. "Cracking the spine on Hennepin County Library's many hidden charms". MinnPost, 02/05/14.
  28. ^ a b "The Minneapolis Public Library Referendum". Minneapolis Public Library. 2007-02-20. Archived from the original on 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  29. ^ a b Ryan, Amy (1999). Outlook Twenty Ten. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Public Library.
  30. ^ "Outlook Twenty Ten An Update: Spring 2004" (PDF). Minneapolis Public Library. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  31. ^ EEOC Determination Re: Unrestricted Internet Access Policy of Minneapolis Public Library Creates Sexually Hostile Work Environment
  32. ^ 1 + 1 A Report to the Minneapolis Public Library Trustees by the Library Advisory Committee "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ "MPL/HCL Consolidation". 2007-12-13. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11.
  34. ^ [1]

External links

This page was last edited on 23 December 2019, at 19:57
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.