Director, Hennepin County Library
Lois Langer Thompson is Director of Hennepin County Library, which is recognized as one of the top public library systems in the United States. Its mission is to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. Thompson is also Acting Director of Hennepin County Law Library.
A recipient of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers award, which honors people shaping the future of libraries, Thompson has led Hennepin County Library since 2009 and the Law Library since 2014.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master of Arts in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver. She currently serves on the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Board of Directors.
As Director of Hennepin County Library, Thompson oversees 41 libraries, a collection of more than 5 million items in 40 languages, and an award-winning website (www.hclib.org) that sees nearly 16 million visits annually. Her system welcomes patrons from across the county and around the world, and serves county residents who are homebound, or in senior residences or correctional facilities.
Thompson’s focus on innovative, sustainable and accessible library service has helped to ensure Hennepin County residents have the opportunity and resources they need to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.