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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.
Computer use by appointment only
Tuesday, Wednesday 9-5 / Thursday 12-8
Friday, Saturday 9-5
February 16, 2021
Franklin Library is hosting a photo exhibit by Ne-Dah-Ness about the local and national issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
January 25, 2021
Join us as we celebrate and honor Black History Month with online events, displays and book lists.
January 15, 2021
OverDrive and its Libby app will be your primary tools to access eMaterials in 2021.