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Close The following branches will be closed for Staff Training Days:

Villard Square on Thursday, October 22 and Washington Park on Thursday, October 29.

Thursday, October 22

The Central Library will close early at 3 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Library Hours & Locations




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.

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 looking for a new venture, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee's historic Central Library. Read more about docent responsibilities and print out an application.