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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Monday July 22nd 2024

Library News


All information listed here is accurate as of May 18, 2021.


Library hours and services are expected to expand soon in response to the decrease of COVID in the community. In this rapidly changing environment, you can find the most recent and reliable information on the library website,


The library is hosting many online activities to celebrate Juneteenth. Million Artist Movement is helping the community to connect with each other and to reflect on Juneteenth themes, stories and dreams. There are three activities to choose from: making quilt squares, dance, and storytelling. Kits will be available to pick up ahead of time at Hosmer Library for making quilt squares. Check out the Events page on the library website to see all the Juneteenth programs on offer. 


Franklin Library has free Wi-Fi outside the building from 7 AM to 10 PM. They also have chairs on the front lawn when the library is open. It”™s a convenient spot to hang out and log on.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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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