About us

Interior ESFL gathering place

The East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) has its home in the former Arlington Hills library, one of St. Paul’s historic Carnegie library buildings at 1105 Greenbrier Street, located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

The ESFL’s mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all.  The library houses non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital.

Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.

For more background information please read: 
Creating a Crossroads by Peter Rachleff, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History

East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The building is often open for special events, please visit our calendar page to learn about extended hours on different days.

The building is open for collections use the following hours at a minimum, and other extended hours based on events. Please feel free to call 651-230-3294.

Monday: 9AM–2PM
Tuesday: 9AM–2PM
Wednesday: 9AM–2PM
Thursday: 9AM–2PM
Friday: 10AM–2PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Introducing the ESFL
Cynthia Fraction and others share the development of the library’s first two years. Twin Cities Daily Planet, video, c. 4 min