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The East Library temporary address is on Murray Ave., but the East Library entrance faces E. Greenwich Ave. [map]

During construction of the new East Branch, the library is temporarily relocated at 2430 N. Murray Ave. The temporary library space houses a smaller collection of materials, laptops which patrons can check out and use while visiting the library, hold pick-ups, a book drop and access to the many virtual amenities the Milwaukee Public Library system has available to library card holders. The temporary space will maintain the same library hours. 

Children and adult programming will not be held in the temporary space. Patrons are encouraged to visit Central Library or Martin Luther King Library

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Check out the construction progress of East Library! Photos will be updated throughout the rebuild. View the photo album here!


Milwaukee residents will soon have a new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. Construction is now underway on a multi-use development on the site - The Standard @ East Library - a 5-story building housing a new 16,000 square foot library, 99 apartments with underground parking, surface parking for library patrons and a retail space adjacent to the library on the first floor. The Standard @ East Library is being developed by HSI, Inc. and designed by Engberg Anderson. For more information contact (414) 227-0900 or visit www.thestandardmke.com/.

With the support of Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new East Branch as part of the mixed-use development. The library redevelopment is targeted for completion in December of 2014.

Milwaukee Public Library selected HGA Architects to design the new library and the design team has been hard at work in 2013 developing the new library space.


Exterior Public Art - Ray Chi Selected to Commission Public Art 

Press Release Announcing Selection | Photo selections of Ray Chi's Art 

Ray Chi, a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship recipient in the established artist category. His work varies greatly from furniture and film to public art. He is currently an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Visit Chi’s website for more information www.ray-chi.com. | Proposal

“I am truly honored to have been selected for this public art commission. I have called this city 'home' for the past 16 years and have always considered the East Library to be ‘my library,’” said Chi. “I feel a special sense of duty to give back to this place that has given so much to me and my family over the years. It is my hope that this artwork will help rekindle a sense of wonder in all of us, and open our eyes and minds to the potential for beauty to reveal itself in every aspect of our daily lives.”

Timeline 
November 20 RFQ Issued 
December 9 Artist portfolios due 
December 16 Committee meets to review portfolios; selects finalists 
December 20 Finalists invited to submit proposals 
January 21 – 4:00 pm Artist proposals due 
January 24 Proposals posted on library website; public input accepted 
February 4 Public Presentations by artists; committee selects artists 
February 28 Contracts Issued 
March ? July Design and fabrication process 
July ? October Installations scheduled and completed 
November 2014 Library Opens 


Interior Public Art - currently in progress 

The new East Branch will feature two public art works commissioned by the library. A Request for Qualifications seeking artists’ portfolios was issued in June. Five finalists were selected from the entries and asked to submit site-specific concept proposals and present the concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12. The finalists were selected by the Public Art Selection Committee (members can be found on page 5 of the RFQ.) The artists and/or artistic teams who were selected as finalists are listed below, as well as the two artists who were chosen, Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin. 

Artists Chosen for Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Public Art Project
Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin | Press Release Announcing Selection 

The public art project for the East Branch is funded by grants received from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and from the the sale of the former East Library Eames furnishings. 


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