The Library Board is engaged in active planning activities. In 2005, the City of Northfield hired Robert H. Rohlf Associates to prepare a needs assessment and building program for the library and Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle (MS & R Architects) to evaluate the current library building.
Needs Assessment Preliminary Report
In preparation for writing the report, Bob Rohlf and his associate Jan Feye-Stukas interviewed many Northfield residents and held four focus group sessions. The final document, published in 2006, includes demographic information, comparative data, and community visions for the library. View the Preliminary Report on Community Needs Assessment and Space Needs.
In March of 2012, the Friends of the library and the Northfield-Cannon Falls League of Women Voters collaborated to bring together a panel of librarians and an architect to talk about the future of libraries. View the notes from this discussion.
The Library Board is now considering a project to refresh the library and provide better public service in the short term. More information on this proposed project will be available soon.