Arts and culture

Attend arts and cultural events for all ages, look for public art in our library buildings and browse arts resources.


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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Theater and performing arts workshops

Explore theater, dance and more.

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Online resources

Art & Architecture Source

Full-text journal articles and books on fine, decorative and commercial art; and various areas of architecture and architectural design. Also includes a collection of images.

Dance in Video

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


Available only to Hennepin County residents and property owners who have library cards.

Stream thousands of movies, documentaries, Great Courses, TV shows, and more.

Log in and create your account on, then start streaming through the Kanopy website or app on your TV, phone, or tablet. Each Hennepin County Library cardholder will have 15 tickets for viewing each month. Tickets must be used within the checkout period found on a title’s detail page. Kanopy Kids films are free, no tickets required.


Albums from Minnesota musicians curated by local experts. Full songs and albums are available to stream and download.

Music & Performing Arts

Streaming audio and video, as well as reference works, scores, and liner notes covering all time periods and hundreds of thousands of artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Includes American music, classical music, dance, film, jazz, popular music, theatre, and world music.

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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MNspin for music lovers

Albums from Minnesota musicians curated by local experts. Full songs and albums are available to stream and download.

Connect to MNspin

Funding for MNspin is provided by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Cargill Gallery exhibits


Cargill Gallery is an exhibition space located in Minneapolis Central Library. Six major exhibits are presented annually on topics that include visual art, history, culture, literature and science.

Learn more about Cargill Gallery exhibits


smARTpass is an arts access program for metro area public library patrons.

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

Go to smARTpass

Book lists

A selection of titles in the library collection.