An oasis is something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast. Collocating library services with other human services reduces barriers and improves access to valuable community space, information, and resources which those who may benefit from the most may be less likely or unable to seek out due to limited time, means, awareness, or transportation. The Library Oasis will offer all who visit a space to reflect and rest, the opportunity to explore freely, play, read, and discover what is possible
The Northfield Public Library Oasis now offers:
24-hour access to return books and pickup holds
Access to comfortable and inviting indoor and outdoor space for public use
A collection of high interest materials and resources with self-checkout kiosk
Staff expertise and support
Access to computers and wifi
Ability to browse, borrow, and request materials from all over the state
Space and services in a location that is accessible and welcoming to area residents who live, attend school, work, and/or receive services on the south end of town
The City of Northfield owns and manages the NCRC building, which makes this a low cost but high impact opportunity for the City to extend library services to youth, families, and older adults beyond the downtown location into underserved areas, and by doing so, support the service providers in the building.
City Council approved the Library's request for additional staffing so that visitors to the Oasis can expect the same high-level customer service we provide downtown.
The Friends and Foundation of the Library have successfully completed a capital campaign to outfit the space, including furnishings, collections, equipment, and shelving.
Contribute to their ongoing fundraising efforts here.
100% of all donations are used to support library programs, services and resources. The Friends gladly accept donations in any amount from $1 to $1M. Donations can be given in honor of someone's birthday or anniversary or in memory of a cherished person. Donations to the FFNPL make wonderful holiday gifts too, and they are tax deductible!
Donate online, or mail your donation to:
Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library
210 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057