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Sunday, Dec. 21, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25 for Christmas.

All Milwaukee Libraries Closed ...

Sunday, Dec. 28, Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 for New Year's.

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About MPL

Welcome from Library Director Paula Kiely

You may have seen or read some of the wonderful coverage we received on the November 22 grand opening of our new East Branch. It was a wonderful day and an important part of library history. We were thrilled to see nearly 2,000 people excited about a new library in their community. If you were unable to join us, I hope you’ll visit the new East Branch soon.

But we’re not resting on our laurels. We look forward to the development of two new facilities replacing the Forest Home and Mill Road libraries.

We held our first community meeting on the new Forest Home library on December 2 and the first community meeting on the new Mill Road library on December 9. More news on these projects will be coming soon.

When we adopted our new strategic plan, MPL 2020, our vision was to “establish MPL as an anchor institution that helps build healthy families and vibrant neighborhoods – the foundation of a strong Milwaukee.”

Creating these new libraries is an important step towards fulfilling that vision. We want to build libraries that become a Third Place, a community gathering place, that fosters community dialog and development through programs and services.

And from the looks on the faces of those who attended the grand opening of the East Branch, that’s what our customers want, too. They want to feel connected to their neighborhood and their community by embracing and taking pride in their library. 

While keeping abreast of changes in technology and the way people use information to feed the mind, we’ve continued to put emphasis on feeding the soul as well through inspired public art, repurposed materials, and holding to our tradition of providing a space for our customers to read, learn and connect.


MPL is an anchor institution that helps build healthy families and vibrant neighborhoods – the foundation of a strong Milwaukee.


Inspiration starts here – we help people read, learn, and connect.

Collection Management Plan

MPL's Collection Management Plan (Revised 2012)

Strategic Plan

MPL 2020 Our Plan for the Future