Frequently Asked Questions
Why a new library?
In 2008, the Library Facilities Master Plan determined that the northern suburbs are underserved in terms of library hours, programs and services. Ramsey County Library is solving this problem by creating a third regional library in the northern part of the county. The library in Shoreview is the third-biggest and third busiest library in the system making it the most cost effective option.
What are the benefits of making Shoreview a regional library?
- More open hours
- Expanded square feet
- Increasing 13,000 square feet to total 32,500 square feet
- Will be slightly larger than Maplewood (28,000 square feet)
- Bigger children’s area with pre-literacy interactive installations
- Expanded teen services: a teen librarian, bigger space and additional programs
- State of the art technology
- Technologies to enhance learning, e.g. laptop checkout, iPad lab, teen maker tech
- Twice as many Internet terminals
- Larger community program room - will seat 100 people
- Expanded adult programming including history, technology, arts and literature events
- More study and collaborative group spaces
- Amenities – fireplace, artwork, etc.
- Green building using Minnesota B3 sustainability guidelines
- More efficient workflow decreasing wait time for materials
- Easily accessible, automated book drop
Why not expand the existing building?
During the Feasibility Study of the current property the two residential lots at the corner of Highway 96 and Victoria Street North became available for purchase. This location will create a more visible presence from Highway 96, a Facilities Master Plan recommendation. Also, the constraints of the current property do not allow for efficient expansion. This new location will strengthen the design to face the Community Center and create a city campus.
What will happen to the old library?
The library will be sold to the Mounds View School District for its administrative offices.
What about a coffee shop?
Library plans do not include a coffee shop. A coffee shop’s success relies on a drive-up model in heavily commercial areas. We don’t have the ability to offer this without radically changing the program and taking away library space. The library cannot subsidize private businesses.
How much does this cost?
The library building project costs $15.8 million.
Are my property taxes going up?
A median-value home in the suburbs - $213,000 – would see a library tax increase of about $4.49. This will fund the new building with expanded hours and system wide operational increases.
The Library’s portion of the total county budget is 2.26%.
More info about the county’s proposed budget can be found on the county’s website, www.co.ramsey.mn.us
Who are the architects and construction team?
HGA Architects and Adolfson and Peterson Construction, both in Minneapolis, were approved by the County Commissioners in April, 2015.
How can I keep in the loop?
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What if I have comments to contribute?
- Fill out a comment card in the library.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send a message via Facebook or Twitter
How can I get involved?
Contact the Friends to volunteer on the Capital Campaign or provide financial assistance.
Design Start: June 2015
Completion of Design: September 2015
Construction Start: October 2015
Grand Opening: First Quarter 2017
Shoreview Building Project Update
More than 70 community members gathered on Tuesday, July 14 to review preliminary designs for the new library in Shoreview. Thank you to all who came and shared your thoughts and concerns.
“The discussion was lively and informative,” said Library Board member John Hakes. “The feedback we heard will really help shape the project.”
Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Shoreview Community Center
City Council Chambers
Join us to review preliminary designs and give feedback on the new library in Shoreview. HGA Architects and Library staff will be present to discuss plans and answer your questions.
Shoreview Building Project
The library in Shoreview is the third-biggest and third busiest library in the Ramsey County Library system. The Library Facilities Master Plan (2008 – 2018) recommended that Shoreview become the system’s third regional library - with Roseville covering the west and Maplewood on the east. This would include expanding Shoreview to 38,000 square feet, offering longer open hours, larger collections and a full range of services.
A Feasibility Study was commissioned to explore options for a new facility and develop cost estimates. During this process two residential lots at the corner of Highway 96 and Victoria Street North became available for purchase. Creating a more visible presence from Highway 96 was recommended in the Facilities Master Plan. The purchase and demolition of these two residences took place in the fall of 2014.
In March 2015, plans for a new building were approved by Ramsey County Commissioners. The $15.8 million project includes selling the existing building. The Mounds View School District sent a “Letter of Intent” to the county to enter into a lease to purchase with a 95 day waiting period. Once the library has moved to the new building, the School District will purchase the existing building for its administrative offices.
In April, an Evaluation Team interviewed firms and made their recommendation. The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved the selection of Adolfson and Peterson Construction and HGA Architects to design the new Ramsey County Library in Shoreview.
Design work will start in June with construction scheduled to begin this fall. The new library is expected to open in early 2017. With the completion of Shoreview, the library Facilities Master Plan (2008-2018) will be fully realized.
To follow progress of this exciting project, click here to receive email updates.
Community Planning Meeting
Shoreview community members participated in a focus group meeting on October 23, 2012, to share their thoughts and ideas about the area, library services and future needs - Community Focus Group Minutes