Minneapolis Central Library
Fourth Floor At-a-Glance
The fourth floor of Minneapolis Central Library houses the history and social sciences collections, which include a wide variety of subjects such as psychology, sociology, education, child rearing and development, sports, games, dance, religion, philosophy, crime, astrology and the occult, women’s studies, Native American studies, political science, law, holidays, mythology, etiquette and costumes. 
Based on the range of subjects covered by these collections, it won’t come as a surprise that the reference questions people ask us are as varied as the world around us. For example, costume designers use our one-of-a-kind costume books, covering costumes both historical and contemporary and including all categories of accessories like shoes, ties, hats and even undergarments! We also have books on etiquette, social customs and even dance for nearly every region of the world. The fourth floor also has a strong collection of materials on religion and spirituality. In addition to books on religions of the world, we have bibles in more than 100 languages from Armenian to Yoruba.
Special areas have been created for the use of the following collections. The areas contain a combination of printed and electronic resources. Each area has computers set up with a special start page which provides guided access to materials supporting the collection.
Genealogy / Minnesota History Collection
Online resources:
Other resources:
Foundation Collection/Scholarship Collection
Books and materials to help individuals and nonprofits find funding, including philanthropy periodicals, Foundation and Nonprofit annual reports and newsletters
Online resources:
Other resources:
Travel, Maps and Atlases
New Americans Center
Major languages include– English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
Materials include books, cassettes, CDs, videos, and DVDs for:
Computer Software programs for English Language Learning include:
A Partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools allows us to have an adult basic education English language learning teacher onsite, who holds classes four days a week.
Audio-Visual materials to learn languages other than English (Print materials for learning languages are on 3rd floor; World Literature materials are on 1st floor)
MNMag Minnesota Magazine Index:
Online index of articles on local and statewide politics, news, current events, history and the arts that appeared in nine Minnesota magazines. Produced from 1991 through 2005 by staff at the library, MNMag includes more than 20,000 citations.
Directories on Microfiche:
Starting with the 1930 Minneapolis City directory, addresses can be checked to find out who resided there.  City directories are also sources for schools, cemeteries, churches, fire stations, and businesses.
Printed City Directories:
Minneapolis, St. Paul, and some for smaller communities – Search MPL catalog under the name of the town as in Edina (Minn) – Directories
Minneapolis Journal Newspaper Index, 1899-1914 (stacks):
A unique historic resource indexed cumulatively over time by library staff, a great resource for Minneapolis History during this time period
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps:
Large-scale maps of cities and towns, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch which provide detailed historic views of 178 Minnesota towns and cities. Of interest for people researching their house, their neighborhood or the history of Minneapolis or the area. 
Selected Weblinks:
A list of authoritative websites reviewed and evaluated by resource librarians and arranged topically
A-B                                  General Works, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C-G, GF, GN, GR, GT           History, Geography, Cartography, Anthropology, Folklore, Manners and Customs
GV                                   Recreation, Sports, Games
H, HM-HX                          Social Sciences
J-L                                   Political Science, Law, Education
Minneapolis Central floor plansFloor plans and content
Principal Librarian:             Renée Reed   rreed@hclib.org   612-630-6304
Senior Librarian/Floor Supervisor:   Toni Miller 
Resource Librarians:
Toni Miller                Social Sciences, New Americans Center, Scholarship Collection
JoEllen Haugo           History-including local, Genealogy
Roger Lindsay           Social Sciences, Foundation Collection
4th floor iDesk – 612-630-6037