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Librarian Angelica Linder points to a colorful wall sign that reads "Oasis: Northfield Public Library/Biblioteca publica de Northfield". Below the sign is a shelf with children's books.The Library Oasis is now open offering limited services at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), 1651 Jefferson Parkway. 

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 Oasis is staffed daily providing full service Monday through Friday, from 8-12. The space is open to the public anytime the building is open, typically between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday via the Community Action Center entrance, and on Saturdays via Fifty North. During the NCCC academic year, the space is open until 7 pm. Outside of staffed hours, patrons visiting the Oasis are able to sign up for a library card using forms by the self-check terminal, check out and return materials, pick up holds from the Remote Locker, use the computers, play, meet, read, and enjoy the space. 


A child explores a play kitchen next to a window, underneath colorful felt acoustic wall tiles

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


How did we do it? 

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