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Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Special Library Hours at M.L. King Branch

M.L. King Branch will be open on Tuesday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no access to the parking lot or surrounding streets due to the Juneteenth Day Celebration.

Capitol & Washington Park Branches Closed

Monday, June 18: Capitol is currently CLOSED due to flooding in the area and Washington Park is CLOSED due to a power outage. Both will remain closed until further notice.

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Tours

Tours

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.