General Loft Info

Please contact the Loft with any and all suggestions or comments. We're here to answer your questions on literary programs, events, opportunities, or registering for classes or events. You may submit your inquiry using the form below.  

Please note: The Loft cannot give out personal contact information for teaching artists, judges, award winners, performers, or any other personnel engaged in our programs without their express permission.

Office Hours & Location

Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Visit or mail us at:

The Loft Literary Center

Suite 200, Open Book Building
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415.


General questions: 612-215-2575
Questions about classes, conferences, and manuscript critiques (Education line): 612-379-8999
Fax: 612-215-2576


Contact our general email:

[email protected]

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the state of Minnesota is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of Indigenous people. The Loft and Open Book are built within the homelands of the Dakota people. The Loft recognizes the original peoples of this place and affirm tribal sovereignty.

Directions to the Loft

The Loft is located in the Open Book building on Washington Ave between 10th Ave S and 11th Ave S. We are near the West Bank of the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater. We highly encourage you to consider biking or using transit to visit us. It saves you the headache and cost of parking, while helping out the planet. 

Bus or Train

  • Metro Transit has several routes that connect to the bus stop immediately across from Open Book at the corner of 10th Ave S and Washington Ave S.

  • The Downtown East/Metrodome light rail station is 3 blocks from Open Book on the Chicago Ave side of the Metrodome. From there, walk north on Chicago Ave toward the river, then turn · right on Washington Ave to Open Book.

  • For routes, connections, and schedules call 612-373-3333 or visit


  • From the north: Exit I-35 W at Washington Ave. Turn right (west) and drive 2 1/2 blocks to the Loft at 1011 Washington Avenue South.

  • From the south: Exit I-35 W at the U of M West Bank exit. Turn left on Washington Ave across the freeway. Continue 2 and ½ blocks to the Loft at 1011 Washington Ave S.

  • From Saint Paul: Exit I-94 W at the 7th St exit. Turn right on 11th Ave to Washington Ave. At Washington Avenue turn left (or turn left before to find parking). The Loft is located on Washington Ave at 1011 Washington Ave S.

  • From the northwest: Exit I-94 E at the 4th St exit. Turn left and follow any north/south street to Washington Ave. Turn right onto Washington Ave and continue to the Loft at 1011 Washington Ave S.


Handicapped parking is available in the marked spots in the lot behind Open Book. You may park for free, (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. Cost: depends on which meter you park at. Plan on using a credit card to pay.

  • The Riverfront Municipal Ramp: 212 9th Avenue South (across from the Guthrie Theater) and the Mill Quarter Ramp: 711 2nd Street South.

Ultimately, parking in downtown Minneapolis can be challenging (and more expensive) during sporting or other events. Plan ahead!

Contact Form

You can also reach out to the Loft by filling out the contact form below.