The oldest existing private subscription library in the state. The Minneapolis Athenaeum came into being as early as 1859 a year after Minnesota achieved statehood. Chartered as a corporation in 1860, the Athenaeum began to amass a world class collection of precious and rare books. This superb collection is housed in vaults located on the 4th floor Special Collections Department of the Minneapolis Central Library.
The Athenaeum precious and rare books collection is divided into 5 categories.
- The Spencer Natural History Collection.
- The early American Exploration and Travel Collection.
- The North American Indians Collection.
- The Heffelfinger Aesop's Fables Collection.
- The History of Books and Printing Collection.
The Minneapolis Athenaeum collections are located in the Special Collections department on the 4th floor of the Minneapolis Central Library at 300 Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis. Call 612 543-8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment to view a particular book(s). We recommend that you call or email at least one day before your visit. Our collections are in storage and must be retrieved in advance. If you would like to contact the Athenaeum directly please email us at: the email@example.com. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 27162 Minneapolis, MN 55427. Please feel free to call us anytime and leave a voicemail. Our direct number is 612 293 6114. We will return your call asap!
The Athenaeum is now on facebook. Please "like" our new facebook page! We are also on tumblr.com. Just type in our name on the search box to be directed to our page of wonderful photographs of the collection.
The Athenaeum is presently in the process of developing our own website. We are also working on networking opportunities via social media and forming committees for programming, events and membership. If you would like to assist us with any of the above projects please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org We will contact you asap.
The Minneapolis Athenaeum
The Minneapolis Athenaeum is Minnesota's oldest existing non profit corporation. How the Athenaeum has survived all these years is an account not only of the efforts of dedicated individuals and the determination of its members but also of a Minnesota community's desire to acquire and preserve rare and valuable books. The exciting past of this fine organization can be viewed on the "history" page on this website. The term "Athenaeum" is defined as: An institution, such as a literary club or scientific academy, for the promotion of learning. A place, such as a library, where printed materials are available for reading.