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Thank you to all who celebrated the grand opening of the East Branch!

Grand Opening Program | Read more about the new East Branch and Artists

The Standard @ East Library

Milwaukee residents have a new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. 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 developed by HSI, Inc. and designed by Engberg Anderson. For more information contact (414) 227-0900 or visit

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. Milwaukee Public Library selected HGA Architects to design the new library. Winner of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Real Estate Award for Best New Development - Residential.

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 | 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.”

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

The new East Branch features 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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May 26
Drop-in Job Help!
1:00 PM

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

May 26
East Branch Book to Art Club
6:00 PM

Engage with popular literature in a hands-on, imaginative way at…

May 27
Computer Class: Intermediate Word
5:30 PM

Intermediate Word After creating a document you will learn how…

May 27
East Branch Chess Club
5:30 PM

Bring your chess set and love of strategy to a…