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Northtown Improvement Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I view pictures of the new Library design?
Floor plans

Why is the library undergoing a major renovation?
As Anoka County Library prepares for the future needs of residents, library buildings are being adapted for greater flexibility. When Northtown Library reopens, it will offer:

  • larger children’s room,
  • teen room, more computers,
  • more seating, study areas and conference rooms,
  • accessible restrooms,
  • more flexible floor plan for the future.
  • a drive-through book return (coming Fall 2014)

When will the construction start and how long will the project take?
The library will close on March 17, 2014. The library will reopen on July 14, 2014.

How much will this cost and where is the money coming from?
The total project budget is estimated to be between $925,000.00 and $1,050,000.00.  Funds will come primarily from Anoka County Library’s building fund with $150,000.00. from a state library grant through the MN Dept. of Education.

Will all of the furnishings be replaced?
Almost all of the furnishings and shelving will be reused.  New framing for the current shelves will provide lower shelving which will improve sightlines and lighting.  The only change to the staff area will be the addition of a conveyer belt to provide for the drive-through book return.

What will happen to the books and other library materials during the renovation?
Books and other materials will be placed in storage during the renovation. They will be returned to the Northtown when it opens.

Where will staff go during construction?
Northtown Staff will be preparing the library for closing and re-opening. They will also be working at other libraries in Anoka County during the closed period.

How do I handle my returns and requests?
Please select a new pick-up location for your requests.  After Friday, March 7, 2014, all Northtown requests will be sent to Crooked Lake Library unless you have chosen a different location. You can log in to your account to change your pick-up location or talk to a staff member. 

Returning Books:
Last day of use for Northtown bookdrop is March 16, 2014. Please return items to other library branch locations after this date.

How do I get to the other libraries?
Check Hours and Locations for other Anoka County Libraries

Important Dates:

  • March 7 is the last date to select Northtown as a pick-up location.
  • The last day to checkout materials from Northtown will be Sunday, March 16, 2014.
  • Rum River Library will be open Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 PM, March 23 - May 18, 2014.

Where can I hold a community meeting while the library is closed?
Meeting rooms are available at most Anoka County Libraries while Northtown is closed.

Where can we go for programs such as storytimes and computer classes during construction?
All seven of the other Anoka County libraries will remain open and continue to offer a full range of storytimes and programs. Check the online calendar for dates and times.