Hosmer Library

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Hosmer Library was built in 1916 and had not seen any major remodeling or refurbishments since 1997. As a Carnegie library – one of the last four in Minneapolis – the facility has been designated an historic structure.

Hennepin County commissioned LEO A DALY to selectively remodel and refurbish approximately 10,000 SF of the library, including an additional 1,000 SF of staff space, to update the library and make it more efficient and customer friendly. Our design preserves the integrity of the structure while transforming the facility to meet today’s needs.

LEO A DALY designers used virtual reality to design the renovation of the Hosmer Library, which enabled board members to gain a better understanding of the layout, color choices, furniture design and overall feel of the building as they virtually walked from room to room. Those improvements included the relocation of some public areas to better accommodate customers and replacement of shelving, end panels, carpeting and furniture.


Hennepin County

At a glance

11,000 SF


Historic renovation of a Carnegie Library


Feasibility study


Interior design

Engineering: Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil 

Fire protection and life safety


Merit Award, AIA Minneapolis

Top Project Award, Minneapolis Finance&Commerce

Preservation Award, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission