Arts and crafts

Unleash your inner artist and learn to make or do something new.

View events

Celebrations and cultural heritage

Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate community and culture.

View events

Performances and movies

Enjoy the arts with others live or on screen.

View events

Theater and performing arts workshops

Explore theater, dance and more.

View events

Online resources

Art Full Text

Full-text articles on fine, decorative, folk, and commercial art; photography; film; and architecture. Index of peer-reviewed journals, dissertations, and art reproductions. Goes back to 1997.

Art Index Retrospective

Index of art journals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, book and film reviews, and more from 1929 to 1984.

Dance in Video

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


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

Music Online Premium

Reference works, scores, liner notes, and streaming audio and video of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Covers American music, classical music, dance, jazz, popular music, theatre, and world music and spans all time periods.

Play Index

Plays written from antiquity to today and published from 1949 to the present. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

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.

View art


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.

Musicians get your music heard!

Open call for music submissions, February 19 - March 25
Starting February 19, musicians interested in adding their music to MNspin can submit a music recording for consideration. A group of Minnesota music experts will review all submissions and select up to 100 albums to add to the collection. Selected artists will sign a license agreement and receive $200 to make their album available to library patrons for free download or streaming.

MNspin FAQ

Cargill Hall exhibits


Cargill Hall is an exhibition gallery 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 Hall 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