For researchers (especially procrastinating ones), we must recommend the Wilson Library on the West Bank of the University, as it's open until midnight on Sundays. Problem is, if you're not a student or faculty member you'll have to shell out $60 a year for a borrowing card. So Minneapolis Central it is, especially given some recent improvements: Last year the catalog underwent a major overhaul, making materials even easier to find and connecting the system with databases for more detailed searches. Hours have also been extended slightly--the building is now open until 6:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (closing time remains 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday). Fancy new self-checkout machines offer antisocial bookworms access to materials without requiring any human contact, and for the rest of us it's kind of neat to watch our book requests placed in a canister and sucked down a tube to the mysterious underground home of some 2.5 million items. Still, a bigger building--with lots more shelf space for browsing--is way overdue: Where's that state budget surplus when you need it?

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