Phillips Library opened in 1890 and was replaced in 1914 by Franklin Library, which continues to serve 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.
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1314 E. Franklin Ave.
May 14, 2019
The school year starts soon, but the library is here to support learning and discovery year round with events, new books, and tools for school success.