Unwrap your blind date with a book

Blind Date With a Book – February 2020How do you get busy UMN students, instructors and staff to check out books? Wrap ‘em up! We arranged over 330 Blind Dates With a Book last year.

From February 10-15, we are again acting as a matchmaker by connecting you with a book of your dreams. 

Here is how it works: 

  • Stop by a participating library
  • Pick a book
  • Check it out and take it home
  • Unwrap
  • Read & enjoy!


Each of the books includes a hint to help guide your connection, but the true identity of your match won’t be revealed until after checkout when you unwrap your book.

Participating libraries

Book Matchmaking

Want more recommendations? Our “book matchmaking” services will be available during Blind Date With a Book. Simply fill out a short online matchmaking form and we will send you customized book suggestions. This service has made 1,000+ successful connections for UMN students, instructors, and staff. 

Share your #BookLove

If you find true love with your book, share your story by posting your “date” on Twitter or Instagram and share it with #UMNBookDate and tag @umnlib.

More Valentine’s events

Valentine’s Day Card Making

Use a variety of supplies in the Walter Library Breakerspace including the Cricut maker to make handmade, heartfelt Valentines. All are welcome. 

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Breakerspace (Walter Library 204D)

PAWS at Wilson Library

Therapy dogJoin us at Wilson Library (West bank), for PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) with registered therapy animal teams — including dogs, bunnies, chickens and other therapy animals. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wilson Library, first floor 



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