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 are also available by appointment.
Call (414) 286-TOUR (8687).
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.
Become a Docent
If you are a library enthusiast, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee's historic Central Library. Read more about docent responsibilities and print out an application.