The Hamline Midway Library project design uniquely reflects the cultures of the neighborhood today while including elements of its history. The library’s new features respond to community members’ input which include an outdoor reading garden, an interactive children’s area for learning through play, a teen area, study rooms, two community meeting rooms, a wellness room, and space to host ongoing opportunities for public art. The one-story layout maximizes accessibility for everyone and provides additional safety with low shelving, strong sightlines, and amenities all on one floor.
Final finishings for the library, including materials, furniture, equipment, and art, will be determined as funding and construction documents are finalized. Saint Paul Public Library will continue to work with their contractor, LSE Architects, to complete the design and construction documents for the project and seek bids for the building phase. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2023.