We celebrate Preservation Week (April 21-27) with a spotlight on our Preservation Unit and its work

The Preservation Unit at Minneapolis Central improves the lifespan, usability and accessibility of the print collections at all Hennepin County libraries. The Unit is located in a non-public space on the fifth floor at Minneapolis Central, out of visibility of library visitors. However, every patron benefits from its work. “The work we do in the Preservation Unit is all about taking care of Hennepin County Library’s extraordinary print collection, so that it can be enjoyed by our patrons for generations to come. We are lucky to have the help of several wonderful volunteers in accomplishing this work,” comments staff member Frank Hurley.

As the name implies, the Preservation Unit preserves, repairs and restores the Library’s print material: preservation photocopying, commercial binding operations, preservation consultations with staff in other service areas (most notably, Special Collections) and, of course, book binding, processing and adding enclosures.

Recently the Preservation Unit collaborated on a project with Minneapolis Central Library Children’s Librarian Ellen Buskirk.

Buskirk had noted a large interest in the Scandinavian titles from the Children’s World Language Collection housed in HCL’s Minneapolis Central branch. She asked the HCL Preservation Unit to repair and preserve books from this collection. Here are some before and after images (though not in order).

There is also a display of the books in the Minneapolis Central Library atrium.

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Minnesota Puzzle Piece at the Golden Valley Library

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Painting of people walking into books, with the Minneapolis skyline in the background, hanging at the Golden Valley Library

This painting has a name, but I forgot to look at the small plaque under it, soooo…there you have it.

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  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Focal Length: 4mm

Atrium in Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center

I dug this out of my wallet for Anonymous who just asked What color are Minneapolis’ library cards?

It should be noted that Minneapolis and Hennepin County merged their library programs back in 2008, so there isn’t just a Minneapolis only card now.

There you go.

Minneapolis Public Library (1966)

Photograph by Jerome Liebling for the book The Face Of Minneapolis

Look at the girl sitting on the bench. See that? Finger Glasses. I bet she is still awesome to this day.