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Open Book | Directions, Parking, and Hours
Open Book is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Get directions, parking information, and hours.
Open Book is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Book
is located at

1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota
55415

(612) 215-2650

Parking

Free parking is first come, first served in the Open Book lot on the east side of the building. Other options include meters along 10th, 11th, and Washington Avenues and 3rd Street South; the Riverfront Municipal Ramp (212 9th Avenue South); and the Mill Quarter Ramp (711 2nd Street South).

Accessibility

Open Book is fully accessible with handicap parking, handicap accessible bathrooms, elevators to all floors, and other services available as requested. Please contact Open Book if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

Hours

Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm
Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Tenants' hours may vary.
Open Book is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Open Book Turns 10

Just a decade ago, Open Book opened its doors as the first literary and book arts center of its kind in the nation. Since then, the creative energy of the building has not only attracted readers, writers, artists, and passersby to explore the space and see what the tenant literary organizations have to offer, but Open Book has also spurred the rapid development of a once-run-down neighborhood. Learn more about 10 inspiring years devoted to the book, covered by local Minnesota presses.

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Designed by sculptor and Minnesota Center for Book Arts instructor Karen Wirth, an iconic central staircase forms a vertical spine connecting Open Book organizations. Its seashell circularity pulls you in, inviting you to inspect the juxtaposition of spiraling steel and glowing outer panels – a strong, artful backbone for the building.
 
Translucent acrylic "pages" edging the Gail See Staircase examine the relationship between books and architecture. The panels are inscribed with unfinished, handwritten words and phrases, echoing the literary process.

"[The staircase] is a metaphor joining the craft of bookmaking with literary content – designed like a book being taken apart, with letters falling from unfurled pages and a center binding with its stitches pulled apart."
– Garth Rockcastle, chief architect