General Information

All are welcome to enjoy the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere that the Mount Olivet Library - Minneapolis has to offer. There are books (children's picture and chapter books, fiction, non-fiction, reference, and large print novels) CDs, DVDs, videos, magazines and books on tape. Subjects include Christian living, devotionals, self-help, family issues, grief, health issues, travel, biography, theology reference, and cookbooks. Besides the wide variety of materials available, there is a lovely 110 gallon aquarium complete with an iridescent shark. We also have the audio reproductions of the Sunday worship services available for check out.

All materials are checked out for two weeks at a time and renewed if that is not long enough. We simply need a name and phone number when checking out materials. We can also reserve titles for you if the particular item has been already checked out.


September through May             Memorial Day through Labor Day
Sundays 8:30am-1pm Sundays 8am-12noon 
Mondays 10am-7:30pm Mondays 10am-2pm
Tuesdays 10am-7:30pm  Tuesdays 10am-4pm
Wednesdays 10am-8:30pm Wednesdays 10am-4pm
Thursdays 10am-3pm Thursdays 10am-2pm


Volunteer Opportunities

The Mount Olivet Library operates with the help of volunteers. If you are interested working with books, people -- or even fish -- there could just be a job waiting for you at the library!

Volunteers positions that are available:
Circulation Desk Shifts - Assisting in the check out process, checking materials back into the library as they are returned to the library, shelving materials, and general library projects. This job can be done as much as once a week, or as little as once a month.

Processing New Materials - Preparing new books involves entering the title into the computer, covering them with plastic covers, and labeling. This job is done as needed, not necessarily on a regular schedule.

Repairing Damaged Materials - Recovering and taping up the pages of books and other materials when they have been over-used. This job is done about 4 times a year.

Bulletin Board Displays - Bulletin board displays need to be created and/or put up once a month. Also, book displays must be created, a bi-monthly job.

Book Discussion Groups


Evening Library Book Club
2nd Wednesdays, 7pm, Mpls Campus Lounge (except Sep)

Mary Slinde invites you to join her and other avid readers for stimulating discussion of a wide variety of books. Upcoming books are listed below. Please note the change of venue for the September meeting.  Questions? Contact Mary Slinde at 952-884-4975. 

November 9 - Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkermade
December 14 - Pronto by Elmore Leonard
January 11 - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
February 8 - Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
March 8 - Brooklyn by Colm Tobin
April 12 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity
May 10 - Lilac Girls by Martha Kelley
June 14 - Dewey - the small town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron

Mid-Day Library Book Club
3rd Tuesdays, 11:30am-1pm, Mpls Library

Mount Olivet librarian Chelle Urabe invites you to join her for lively discussion of books on a variety of topics (biography, classics, but mostly fiction), chosen by the group. Bring a bag lunch and a friend – all are welcome! For more information contact Chelle Urabe: 612.767.2266,

November 15 – The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
December 20 – If I Live to Be 100 by Neenah Ellis   
January 17  – The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
February 21 – The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
March 21 – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
April 18 – The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
May 16 – Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
June 20  – The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
July  18 – Evicted by Matthew Desmond
August 15 – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
September 19  – Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters
October 17  – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
November  21 – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
December  19 – 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

See the Adult Learning > Book Discussions page for other book studies offered at Mount Olivet.



Donations of gently used books, video tapes, CDs, DVDs or cassette tapes (all of a positive nature) are appreciated and graciously accepted. Some materials may be passed on to other organizations or sold with proceeds going toward the Library if they are not needed or appropriate for the Mount Olivet Library. If you any questions, concerns or general comments you can contact Chelle Urabe by Email or 612.767.2266.