Art at the library

Hennepin County recognizes that art in public places contributes to the life and vitality of a community. You'll find a variety of art at many of our libraries.

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Arts and crafts

Unleash your inner artist and learn to make or do something new.

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Celebrations and cultural heritage

Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate community and culture.

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Performances and movies

Enjoy the arts with others live or on screen.

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Online resources

Art Full Text

Full-text articles on fine, decorative, folk, and commercial art; photography; film; and architecture. Index of peer-reviewed journals, dissertations, and art reproductions. Goes back to 1997.

Art Index Retrospective

Index of art journals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, book and film reviews, and more from 1929 to 1984.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)

Works of art representing a broad range of fine and decorative arts from many eras found in well-known collections, mostly in the U.S. Includes audio files, video and mixed media.

Dance in Video

Performances, documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos from the most influential performers and companies of the 20th and 21st century.

Loeb Classical Library

Classical Greek and Latin texts alongside English translations. Spans eighteen centuries, from 800 BC to 1000 AD, and includes epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory.

Music Online Premium

Reference works, scores, liner notes, and streaming audio and video of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Covers American music, classical music, dance, jazz, popular music, theatre, and world music and spans all time periods.

Oxford Art Online

Articles, maps, diagrams, line drawings, and links to color images. Includes images of signatures, historical auction records, and lists of museum holdings.

Play Index

Plays written from antiquity to today and published from 1949 to the present. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

Theatre in Video

Productions of the world's leading plays and documentaries discussing the history of theatre, acting methods, pioneering dramatists, and actors.


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smARTpass is an arts access program open exclusively to metro area public library patrons.

You can use your library card to get free and discounted tickets to performances and museums.

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