BEST LIBRARY Minneapolis 2006 - Minneapolis Central Library
We're excited about the opening of the new Minneapolis Central Library next month, but this branch location is a prizewinner right now. Nearly a century old and recently given a major restoration, north Minneapolis's Sumner Library is a Tudor Revival style building equipped with elegant woodwork and a hard-to-come-by mixture of coziness and seriousness. Its main selling points are the Gary N. Sudduth room, filled with a superb collection of African American literature and local history materials; a stately reading room for adults; and a generous children's area that includes another, less scholarly-looking reading room. The general fiction section, alas, leaves much to be desired, but hey, if you can't find what you want, have it transferred over and enjoy the sort of luxe, woody experience you probably thought only Ivy Leaguers got to enjoy.