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Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.

Bay View Branch will be closed for a Staff Training Day

Thursday, August 23, 2018. Regular service will resume on Friday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Library Hours & Locations Close


Spring Literary Luncheon

The Spring Literary Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Wisconsin Club. The Friends of Milwaukee Public Library, together with Boswell Book Company and the Wisconsin Club, announce Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels, as the featured author for the 2018 Spring Literary Luncheon. Reservations are now closed.

Lawyers for Libraries

The Digital Divide: Getting legal information to the public

This event will be rescheduled (previously scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018) - Mitchell Street Library ✻ 5:30 PM
Please stay tuned for further details!

Please contact Kristine Petersen:, or 414-286-8720 for more info.

Milwaukee Poet Laureate

Roberto Harrison, 2017-2019 Milwaukee Poet Laureate 
“The Poet Laureate project seeks to foster a greater appreciation and understanding within the community of the reading and writing of poetry,” said Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library President Barbara Franczyk. “With the support of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, we can offer this valuable program.”  The Milwaukee Poet Laureate project, is a program of the Milwaukee Public Library, funded by the Friends of the Library, and administered by Woodland Pattern.

Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration

Held at the historic Central Library this October 11, 2018, the Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration attracts hundreds of business and civic leaders. The event is also a 'Taste of Central Library', set among millions of books and historic collections. Proceeds from this event enhance library collections, technology, programming and facilities.

Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame pays tribute to a spectrum of literary talents – novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians – whose work has been influenced by their life and experiences in Wisconsin. The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library sponsors the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame reception when a new name is added - stay tuned for 2018 details.