Design Institute | Minneapolis


Join us in Minnesota for a day-long seminar
and start planning the library of the future today.

Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Hennepin County Library at the Minneapolis Central Library, the newest installment of our library building and design event will bring you the latest trends in library design. Dig deep with architects, librarians, and vendors to explore building anew and renovating/retrofitting spaces both large and small that will engage your community.

Whether you're in the dreaming and planning stages or further along the design road,
you'll find ideas, information, and inspiration, no matter your budget!

Design Institute

Friday, September 21, 2018
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

This full-day think tank provides expert panel discussions with architects and librarians on how to get the community on board and issues in library space, design, and construction, as well as hands-on, architect-led breakout sessions dealing with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by you and your fellow attendees. "Speed-sessions" with individual architects will help you address your own library-specific questions (be sure to bring photos, illustrations, floor plans, or plat maps—whatever you think will enhance the discussion). There will be plenty of face time and networking opportunities throughout the day with colleagues, too. Arrive early for an optional afternoon tour of new libraries on Thursday, September 20, followed by a NEXTDesign Forum/Reception at Open Book, hosted by MSR, on The Role of Public Buildings and Sites in Creating Equitable Cities.

Are there any design challenges your library currently faces?
Register before Friday, August 24 to be eligible to have your library featured in a breakout session.

Register by Friday, August 24 to take advantage of our early bird rate!


Registration is open only to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library's city planners/officials.
If you are an architect or vendor and would like to sponsor, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman:




Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Online reservations: Click here
Rate: $124 USD per night plus applicable taxes
Rate cutoff date: August 30, 2018


Bentz Thompson Rietow Bentz/Thompson/Rietow, Inc. (BTR) is an award-winning architecture, interiors, and urban design firm in Minneapolis. With our emphasis on libraries, higher education and community projects, we have designed and programmed many academic and public libraries, as well as executed library master-plans and feasibility studies. We are dedicated to meeting client needs for design solutions which balance all aspects of a project including aesthetics, function, cost, schedule, and delivery. We are committed to design that achieves Sustainable Building 2030 climate goals.
Engberg Anderson Engberg Anderson, Inc., founded in 1987, has been helping clients for over 30 years. Our 40 person firm is comprised of six partners and four principals with a professional staff who bring together a depth of diverse architectural, interior design and planning experience. Engberg Anderson has been providing library design and planning services for our entire history. We believe that quality space can improve the health, wellbeing, prosperity and identity of people and communities.
HGA Architects HGA is a national multi-disciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. Founded in 1953, we believe that enduring, impactful design results from deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique environment. With nine offices nationwide, we partner closely with clients to create award-winning libraries in Minnesota and across the country. See how integrated architecture, engineering, research, technology, and sustainable design can help make a positive impact in your community.
MSR MSR has provided architecture and interior design services for more than 200 libraries across the country. Highlighted projects include the renovated Tulsa City-County Central Library (winner of an AIA/ALA Library Building Award) and reimagined Madison Central Library (winner of an ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award and named a Library Journal New Landmark Library), as well as Missoula Public Library's new Main Library and Hennepin County Library's new Southdale Library (both currently in design).
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