We have been assimilated

As of today, the Minneapolis Public Library and the Hennepin County Library is one system, known as the Hennepin County Library.

To celebrate, there are a couple of events planned, with the first being today at the Central Library at 10am. Get some hot cocoa on today’s extremely cold day, and listen to some lovely music.

Tomorrow, revisit the newly reopened Southeast, Roosevelt, or Webber Park libraries. They’re only open three days a week, but it’s a start. They’ll all have grand reopening celebrations on Saturday, 12 January.

What hasn’t changed is quite a bit for right now. Still two websites, still two catalog systems, you still use your Minneapolis library card, and from what I’ve been told by the librarians, you still have to check out books from each system at their libraries. If you want a HCL book to come to MPL, you’ll still need to do it as an inter-library loan. It sounds like total integration is still a ways down the road.

For as much of a political hot potato this has been, right now, I hope it’s going to be a good thing in the long run.

1 Comment so far

  1. Greg (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

    Wonder how this will affect Minneapolis’ literacy ratings next year (considering they take into account city library numbers)?

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