Family Resource Center and Children's Library

A Space Designed for You and Your Kids

The Family Resource Center and Children’s Library is located in the lobby of University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to provide educational, informational and recreational materials and programs to support patients and their families during their hospital experience. 


  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: noon – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Services We Offer

  • Books and magazines for all ages
  • DVDs, video games, iPads, video game systems and other electronics for short-term check-out
  • Free use of computers and copy/printer/fax machines
  • Programs and events for patients and families
  • Assistance with health information searches
  • Phone charging station
  • A book cart program featuring volunteers and staff who visit patient rooms to provide books and magazines


Book Donations:

A gift to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital library collection is a special way to pay tribute to friends and family while giving a gift to the hospital for many to enjoy. Your gift will bring pleasure to patients and families for years. Because of infection precautions and limited shelf and storage space, we are unable to accept used books.

You may choose to donate new books that are special to you, or you may give a cash donation to purchase needed items. Book plates can be placed inside the book, letting others share in the recognition of your loved one. Please contact the Family Resource Center at 612-365-2100 or Laurie Frattallone at to arrange a donation or obtain a list of current needs. 

DVD and Video Game Donations:

Our patients and families appreciate the diversion provided by our DVD and Video Game Library. We gladly accept donations of new DVDs and games. Purchases may be guided by our Amazon Wish List.

Amazon Wish List:

  • Go to
  • Click Wish List
  • Choose Find Wish List of Registry
  • Type University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital