Anoka County Library’s busiest branch will be back in business on Monday, July 14.
The Northtown library in Blaine will reopen after a $1 million renovation, which includes the addition of a drive-through book drop, more public computers and more comfortable spaces to browse and read.
Overall, patrons can expect a more open and user-friendly space.
The library, which closed in March for the renovation, should appear brighter. Book shelves will be lowered from 7 feet high to 5½ feet. The higher shelves were harder to reach and created a dark, tunnel effect.
Interior renovations include:
• The addition of 10 computer terminals with Internet access, bringing the total to about 30.
• The addition of four small conference rooms for public use.
• One consolidated help desk that will be centrally located.
• A new browsing area in the center of the library for quick trips. The area will include newly released books, DVDs, magazines and other items.
• A new teen area with soft seating.
• An improved children’s area, including a new story-time section where parents and children can read.
• Greater flexibility for future uses.
The Northtown branch at 711 County Road 10 NE recorded more than 250,000 visitors last year. An official grand opening is scheduled for September.