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BEST LIBRARY Minneapolis 2008 - Minneapolis Central Library

Minneapolis Central Library

Minneapolis Central Library

300 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55401-1992


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A recent study by Central Connecticut State University declared Minneapolis to be the most literate city in America, finally edging out Seattle as king of the bookcase. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Minneapolis Central Library is such a jewel. Designed by Cesar Pelli, who also gave us the Wells Fargo Center just a few blocks away, the Central Library is as beautiful as it is useful. It sports a soaring atrium with a green roof to reduce energy consumption. Each year visitors take home three million items from the 38.5 miles of shelving. With fireplaces, comfy chairs and desks, a Dunn Bros. coffee shop, and a teen room, there's no better or more cosmopolitan place in the cities to find and enjoy a book. Or movie. Or government document. Or CD....

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I enjoy this library. It's large and clean and you can usually use a computer right away. My one complaint is that the ladies bathroom is absolutely horrible smelling. Goodness gracious alive! Perhaps it is not controlled by the library only but whosoever is in charge of cleaning it needs to use pinesoil or some other cleaning disinfectant and go and spray it out as often as they can. It makes no sense!