Franklin Library

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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Franklin Library

1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis , MN 55404

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January 15, 2020

Franklin Library January construction update

Construction is nearing completion at Franklin Library.

January 13, 2020

The most popular titles in 2019

Familiar authors and artists were joined by some newcomers in our top 10 most-borrowed titles of 2019 lists.

December 12, 2019

Franklin Library December construction update

The project is currently 15% complete and should be finished in first quarter 2020.

November 20, 2019

Your library, your resource for History Day 2020

Hennepin County Library offers a variety of resources and services to help students choose and research their History Day projects.

November 12, 2019

Franklin Library fall construction update

Construction has begun this fall at Franklin Library.

September 6, 2019

Franklin Library closed for renovation beginning October 20

Work will include accessibility and improvements in the restrooms, replacement of furniture and flooring, and improving sight lines in public areas.