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Close The Central Library will close early on Thursday, October 19

Central will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 for the Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony. Regular service will resume on Friday, October 20.

Capitol Branch will be closed for a Staff Training Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017. Regular service will resume on Friday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Every day thousands of people of all ages visit the Central Library.

They conduct research for work and school, browse the shelves for classics and bestsellers, and use computers to access information from the other side of town and the other side of the world—all with the assistance of knowledgeable and helpful staff.

The vast collections of the Central Library are used not only by the downtown population, but by the whole city and the greater Milwaukee area. Central Library also serves as a resource library for the state.

In addition, Central Library is the administrative headquarters for the Milwaukee Public Library system. This system also meets the needs of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods through 12 branch libraries and the community outreach van.

The Milwaukee Public Library collection includes more than 2.7 million books and other materials such as magazines, newspapers, records, cassettes, compact disks and videos as well as more than 1.5 million government documents. The library system also provides customers with access to information through a wide array of computer resources. See a floor map of the Central Library.

Tour Historic Central Library

Both Milwaukee visitors and area residents interested in a taste of Milwaukee's culture are invited to tour the past and present glory of the Central Library with the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. Free tours begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning in the rotunda. Tours other times are available by appointment. Sign language interpretation is also available by appointment. Call 286-TOUR.

The Milwaukee Public Library was founded in 1878. After several moves, the Central Library was built in response to the need for more spacious quarters. It opened its doors to the public on October 3, 1898.

The original structure is a combination of French and Italian Renaissance styles built of Bedford limestone. Several additions help make up the block-long building that stands today. Central Library has been designated a landmark by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Upcoming Events at Central

Oct 17
Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM

Preschoolers are invited for fun stories, songs, and finger plays…

Oct 17
Drop-In Tutoring for Adults
1:00 PM

Need help with*... Preparing for a school or work-related exam? …

Oct 17
Drop-In Job Help!
4:30 PM

Need help getting a job online? A job trainer specialist…