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The Closing of the Library


In 1971, Minneapolis opened a new library at 1315 Lowry Avenue North, intending to close the North Branch library at that time. However, the neighborhood revolted! They organized and successfully convinced the library superintendent to reverse the decision.

With a $200,000 deficit, however, the library board voted again to close the library in 1977.

Due to continued protests, the library was kept open on limited hours until 1979, when it finally closed.

Once closed, the building housed an art and dance program, a karate club, and various industrial and storage uses.

But, there is a happy ending!

The library building will once again serve as a public resource and a space for democratic education. Northside community members will be able to take computer literacy classes, use the open access computer lab space, attend training courses as they work towards industry-specific credentials, and take financial education classes here. Young people will also meet here for mentoring and work readiness training as part of our youth programs.

We are excited to finally deliver this building back to the Northside community.

EMERGE Community Development  |  1834 Emerson Avenue North  |  Minneapolis, MN 55411

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