Children’s libraries

Looking for something to take your mind off being in the hospital? A book can help. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota offers libraries at both of our hospital campuses.

About our libraries

Our libraries provide educational and recreational books and magazines for patients of all ages — from premature infants to young adults. There’s a wide selection of books to bring smiles, giggles, knowledge, comfort, fun and the joy of reading right to your hospital room.

Each library also includes a special section of books that are used by Child Life staff to help patients and siblings learn about specific diagnoses/treatments, become actively involved in their hospital care, and better understand and cope with their hospital experiences.

Three ways to get books

There are three ways to get books from our libraries:

  1. Visit one of our libraries in person. See location and hours information below.
  2. Choose a book from a bookcart: Library volunteers make bookcart rounds to inpatient floors so children and families can check out library books without leaving their rooms. (Please return books to book drops located on each floor or to the Family Resource Center on each campus.)
  3. Call the library: Patients and families are also welcome to call the Children’s Libraries to request books.

Children’s library hours and locations

Children’s – Minneapolis
Location: Inside the Sibling Play Area, second floor
Phone: 612-813-6816
Hours: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.)
Weekend hours vary

Children’s – St. Paul
Location: Inside the Child Life Zone, River Tower, third floor
Phone: 651-220-6368
Hours: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.)
Weekend hours vary

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Staff is available during library hours to assist with book choices and checkout. View the Children’s library catalog.

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