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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Thursday June 20th 2024

Library News

Carz Nelson

We live in rapidly changing times. For updated information on Hennepin County Library (HCLib) services during the coronavirus pandemic, visit All information listed here is accurate as of April 16, 2021.


Local artist Tufawon has dropped a tune about Philip”™s own Franklin Avenue. Franklin Library presents the video on the library”™s YouTube channel. Check it out. It”™s a good representation of the neighborhood. And besides, someone you know could be in it. 

The URL is Or else go to YouTube and search for On the Avenue by Tufawon. 


HCLib suspended due dates for the past year because of COVID. This policy ended on April 26. Check your online account or paper receipts for due dates. Renewal policies remain the same; items can be renewed up to three times. Returns are accepted at”¯all library locations. Book drops accept returns 24/7.


Celebrating May Day: Workers of the Twin Cities Labor Movement– Workers from Tattersall Distilling, Augsburg University, and the Atwood Center talk about recent organizing campaigns in their workplaces. Thursday May 6th at 6:30 PM., Registration is on the library website.

East Lake Library

East Lake Library, located at 2727 E. Lake St., is open for Grab and Go service Sunday 12-5 PM; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM; and Wednesday 12-8 PM.

Franklin Library 

Franklin Library, 1413 E Franklin Ave., is open for computer use only. Call (612) 543-6925 to make an appointment. The building will remain locked, but staff will let you in at your appointment time. Masks are required and will be provided if you do not bring one. Because of social distancing, staff will be unable to offer computer assistance. You will have access to a desktop computer, Internet, and printing. You will need to bring your own headphones. At this time, Franklin Library is open for computer use ONLY. Other areas and services, including book/DVD checkout, are not available. Returns are accepted during staffed service hours.

Franklin Library Computer Hours  

Tuesday & Wednesday ”“ 9 AM to 5 PM

Thursday ”“ Noon to 8 PM 

Friday & Saturday ”“ 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday & Monday ”“ Closed 

Hosmer Library

Hosmer Library, 347 E 36th St., is open for retrieving holds, limited browsing of materials, checking out items, returning library materials, quick reference support, computer appointments and printing. Meeting rooms, study rooms, children”™s play areas, and lounges are not available at this time. Check the library website for up-to-date service information and hours.

No More Fines

Hennepin County Library has gone fine free. Patrons are no longer charged for overdue material, but they continue to be responsible for the replacement cost of unreturned or lost items. An item is considered unreturned 41 days after its due date.

At Home Service

At Home service is provided free of charge to Hennepin County residents who can”™t get to a library due to illness, disability, or visual impairment. To apply for At Home service, submit an online application or apply by phone at 612-543-8850 Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Library Social Workers 

A social worker is available outside Franklin Library on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 AM ”“ 5 PM, and at East Lake Library Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 AM-5 PM.

  • Basic needs (clothing, food, meals, shelter)
  • Chemical Health
  • Disability Services
  • Education & Employment Resources
  • Hennepin County Benefits
  • Housing
  • A listening ear
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Transportation

Online Services

Go to the library without leaving home. Here are just a few of the many services available at

  • Tools for job searches
  • Ancestry Library Edition and other resources to research family history
  • Local music on MNspin

Ask the Library

Have a reference or library account question? Call, text, chat with, or email a library worker.

Call 612-543-KNOW (5669) to reach library staff by phone.

Monday to Thursday ”“ 9 AM to 9 PM

Friday & Saturday ”“ 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday ”“ Noon to 5 PM

Español/Spanish: Llame o envie un texto al 651-503-8013 para recibir ayuda en español.

Hmoob/Hmong: Hu losis text rau lub tsev nyeem ntawv ntawm 612-385-0886 txais kev pab hais lus Hmoob.

Soomaali/Somali: Caawimaad Soomaali ah, soo wac ama qoraal (text) usoo dir maktabada 612-235-1339.

Carz is a Phillips resident and an enthusiastic patron of Hennepin County Library.

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