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About MPL


To our Community:

We are pleased to continue to serve our patrons as our community continues to navigate the pandemic. For an update on current services, please visit our Stay Connected page.  

We are taking great care to minimize risk and ensure that patron and staff safety remains top of mind under this pandemic. Please know we are still here, available to help you and to make sure you have access to the many resources available through

Our COVID-19 INFO page includes links to library FAQs as well as information on health, jobs, basic needs, and even ways to combat cabin fever.

While you continue to stay safe at home, take some time each day to log onto our website and discover some of our many online resources you may have been too busy to notice in the past.

Start up your OverDrive account and check out a book on your favorite device. Browse our historic photo archive of images from “old Milwaukee.” Check out Freegal Music or Hoopla for free access to music, movies, audiobooks, and more. Take a 6-week online class with Gale Courses. RBdigital Magazines allows you to download digital copies of popular magazines. And NewspaperARCHIVE is offering free access to historic and everyday news articles from every state in the U. S. and around the world.

We offer booklists and story time videos as well. Our “Stay Connected” page details many of our online resources and includes a list of all the virtual programming we offer every week. We also provide unique content on our social media channels, so follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. Just search “Milwaukee Public Library.”

While we need to reduce many of our in-house services to do our part in the effort to keep our community safe, our Mission Statement promises that we will help people read, learn, and connect. We plan on keeping that promise now more than ever.


MPL is an anchor institution that helps build healthy families and vibrant neighborhoods – the foundation of a strong Milwaukee.


Inspiration starts here – we help people read, learn, and connect.