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Tippecanoe Renovation

Tippecanoe will undergo a complete renovation of the interior of the building beginning February 2.  Architectural firm Engberg Anderson has been selected to design the renovated space. 

During renovation, a temporary site will open across the street from Tippecanoe Library at 3933 S. Howell Ave. The temporary site will have a selection from the popular collection of materials and DVDs, holds pick-up, laptop computers, onsite parking, ADA accessibility, and a book drop. Hours of service will remain the same.

Say "good-bye" to the old library on Friday, January 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Celebrate the final day by signing the memory wall, browsing the Tippecanoe Library scrapbooks, viewing renovation renderings and taking part in children's programs including Construction Site Play and Learn Story Time from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and LEGOpalooza from 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Library Director Paula Kiely, Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman Terry Witkowski and members of the Board of Trustees held a community meeting on July 30. Read comments received at the meeting, follow the library’s blog, and stay up-to-date on developments by visiting this page often.

A second meeting was held Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Tippecanoe Library which included a presentation with a project update and images of what the newly renovated library will look like.

Watch this PowerPoint presentation on the renovation that was recently presented to Milwaukee Public Libray's Building and Development committee.


Tippecanoe Library, 3912 South Howell Avenue, was built in 1969. Prior to the move to its current location, the library began in a rented storefront at 3835 South Howell Avenue in 1931. In 1960 the library moved into a building at 3900 South Howell, on the corner of Howell and Howard Avenues, which was formerly the Town of Lake Hall and Fire Department. After the Town of Lake was annexed to the City of Milwaukee, this building was used for a Milwaukee Fire House until 1959. When this building was being razed for construction of the 1969 building, library service was temporarily provided by bookmobile service at the site and then housed at the Lake water tower, 4001 S. 6th St., until the new building was ready. 

Today, the library features a Guido Brink sculpture: a suspended three-color metal sculpture inspired by the Native-American Indian name of the library. Brink used Tippecanoe as his springboard, basing his sculpture on American Indian mythology and the spirit of the Manitou.

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