The New Downtown is the prize of the Minneapolis public library system. It is gorgeous, huge and a GREAT place to utilize-----if you want to go downtown for a library every time you go.
The rest of Minneapolis Public Libraries leave much to be desired. The locations are scarce-especially North Side. The ONE opperating one in North Minneapolisis Webber Park and it is so miniscule you will pass it if you blink. Their building old and mostly outdated. The selection--well all of it seems to be downtown now! I really wish someone would put more effort into Minneapolis's actual community libraries.
We usually use the Hennipen County Libraries because they are much better stocked, nicer and more convenient locations for their library buildings.