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 open only for computer use by appointment

  • Call the library for an appointment. All computer appointments are limited to one hour, one appointment per day.
  • Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, staff are not able to offer assistance to computer users. If you anticipate needing help while using a computer, please consider bringing a member of your household for technical support.
  • Franklin Library is not able to offer access to books or other physical materials at this time.



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Franklin Library

1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis , MN 55404


    Computer use by appointment only
    Tuesday, Wednesday 9-5 / Thursday 12-8
    Friday, Saturday 9-5


February 16, 2021

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Franklin Library is hosting a photo exhibit by Ne-Dah-Ness about the local and national issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.