Phillips Library opened in 1890 and was replaced by Franklin Library in 1914. Franklin Library is built on land donated by Sumner T. McKnight in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. It was the first of four Carnegie-funded libraries built in the city. Franklin was one of 13 libraries developed under nationally known library director Gratia Countryman, who was instrumental in expanding the city’s library system in 1904-36. The library has received historic designation from the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Discover Minnesota musicians on the library’s new music streaming and download platform that gives music lovers free access to albums by local artists.
Our selectors choose new materials for the entire library system. Here are some of their favorite books of 2017.
We promote early literacy through partnerships with Longfellow and 6 other schools in the county with teens who are pregnant or parenting young children.
Students at Franklin Learning Center shared stories about adjusting to a new home, learning English and learning about their heritage on November 18.
Consumers' Checkbook includes local customer ratings of services and stores, plus buying advice. Your library card gives you access to this and other consumer resources.
Hennepin County Library offers a variety of resources and services to help students choose and research their History Day projects.
Join us at Franklin Library to learn new things, be inspired and connect with others. Library events are free and open to all.
Join these volunteers who work closely with library staff to raise awareness of library services, raise funds, and plan programs and events.