We’re happy to announce that Spirit on Lake will be the new home of Quatrefoil Library, one of the oldest GLBT lending libraries in the country.
A lease signed earlier this month firmed up plans for Quatrefoil to move from its home of 20 years in St. Paul’s Richards Gordon office building into the 2,700 square-foot commercial space on the new building’s first floor.
The library has outgrown its current location; the new space will double its size. And the move to 13th and Lake will make the library more visible and convenient to more potential patrons, including, of course, the future residents of Spirit on Lake.
Quatrefoil’s collection includes thousands of books, periodicals, and audio and video recordings reflecting GLBT and Queer experiences, including materials on coming out, community organizations, historical events, great GLBT literature and non-fiction, local resources, news and current events impacting the GLBT community, and entertainment.
The library’s mission is to collect, maintain, document and circulate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer materials and information in a safe and accessible space, in order to promote understanding, an appreciation of diversity and history, and the value of communities.
As non-profit organization, Quatrefoil runs on volunteer labor, donations, and member dues. The library welcomes non-members to visit and browse, but requires a membership (starting at $40/year, or $25 for students and seniors) to check out materials. Quatrefoil will launch a fundraising campaign in 2013 to assist with moving expenses and space improvements.