Northfield Public Library

Northfield, MN

Historic Carnegie Library

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The project consisted of reorganizing and remodeling an original 1910 Carnegie Library and it's 1984 addition. The design team introduced a new entry and commons space providing much-needed spatial relief and allowing reorganization of existing spaces within the library. The dramatic expansion provides a new civic beacon along Division Street, Northfield's historic main thoroughfare, and serves to articulate and frame the original historic structure that had been blurred by the matching 1984 addition.

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Creating a light, open addition more appropriate for a state-of-the-art library beautifully re-frames and honors this important institution created more than a century ago by Andrew Carnegie and the City of Northfield.

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An expanded children’s area, greater digital access, and more flexible space will serve this community well into the new century.

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Surrounded by a two-story glass facade, the community room is anchored by a grand stair and an efficient service desk. The contrast between old and new grounds and elevates both.

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Over half of the funding for the project was raised by citizens of Northfield, over 90% of whom are library card holders.

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Andrew Carnegie funded the building of 2,509 libraries across the world. You could read about him on Wikipedia, but of course you should probably check out a real book from one of his libraries. For upcoming events check out (see what we did there?) the historic Northfield Public Library on Facebook.

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