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The Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC) will open its doors to the public the weekend of May 18-19 as a part of the annual Doors Open Minneapolis event. More than 100 organizations are participating in the event, including MLAC and Hennepin County's Minneapolis Central Library.

A view down an aisle in MLAC.

For one weekend each year, Minneapolis opens its doors. The city is filled with intriguing spaces that are typically inaccessible to the public, but that won't be the case May 18-19. On those two days, no fewer than 100 different organizations will open their doors and let the public in. From the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to the St. Anthony Hydroelectric Plant to the Star Tribune, this is your chance to peak behind the curtain, with local experts as your guide. Libraries are participating, too!

Minnesota Library Access Center

MLAC is Minnesota's high-density storage facility for libraries, operated by Minitex and located on the University of Minnesota's West Bank Campus. MLAC stores more than 1.5 million volumes in an eye-popping subterranean cavern, on 17-foot-tall shelves.

Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central Library

Hennepin County Minneapolis Central Library, designed by world-renowned architect César Pelli, is a downtown destination for reading, learning and connecting. During Doors Open, visitors will be offered self-guided tours of the building, including historical displays on the past central libraries in the Special Collections department. On Sunday, the Library will not be open until 12:00 pm.

About Doors Open Minneapolis

Doors Open Minneapolis, produced by Rethos, is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give you a FREE behind-the-scenes look at dozens of exciting venues. Building owners and caretakers will provide unique perspectives that illustrate why these venues, people and businesses, are central to our city’s identity. Learn more on the Doors Open Minneapolis website.

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Zach Miller
Head of Communications
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