Architects unveiled a 50-percent-completed schematic design of the new Central Public Library to the Central Library Implementation Committee July 16.
The architectural presentation featured a first-floor children's section by Nicollet Mall and 3rd Street, a skyway-level teen loft-like perch near Hennepin and 4th Street, a skyway-level business-reading section by 4th Street, a first-floor caf by the corner of Nicollet and 4th Street and a public galleria cutting through the middle of the building parallel to Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue.
Pending funding, the planetarium could be located on the top floor.
The meeting's more contentious issue was the proposed space for both the library boardroom and the offices for the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, a volunteer group. The architectural drawings show their space as being on the skyway level at Nicollet Mall and 3rd Street. Mayor R.T. Rybak objected, saying, "It looks like we're giving ourselves the best space."