Dakota County Galaxie Library – Apple Valley, MN

Dakota County Galaxie Library, part of the Dakota County Western Service Center, originally opened in Apple Valley in 1990. BTR worked with stakeholders at Dakota County to address present and future design needs with a full interior renovation of the 29,300-SF library, completed in 2018.

The renovated library features new and unique spaces in order to reinforce its purpose as a versatile and resilient community asset. The new iLab prominently serves as a maker space and resource to provide the public with new technologies and instructional opportunities. Updated staff areas with automated materials handling seeks to increase the circulation of materials in an efficient manner. The design of various library zones such as an expanded children’s area, teen area, study spaces, and an expanded community room were centered on updated finishes, flexible use, and focusing on current and future trends and needs.