Central Library – Milwaukee Public Library
- 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue (accessible entry at 813 N. 8th St.)
- Saturday: 10am-5pm
- Sunday: NOT OPEN
- Photography permitted: no Tripod: no
- Passport site: yes
The current Central Library of Milwaukee Public Library opened in 1898 as a shared space with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Ferry and Clas architects won the design competition with a neo Renaissance style u-shaped building. The exterior of the building is Bedford limestone. Much of the intricate outside carving was done by craftsmen standing on scaffolding. Interior materials include mahogany and oak hardwoods, brass, Sienna marble, plaster, stucco, tessera tile and scagliola. The most recent addition was completed in 1957, and added two stories above and four levels below ground.
Visitors to the Central Library will have a variety of opportunities. Brief 10-minute tours of the fabulous Dome, the Old Board Room, the 4th Floor, the third tier below grade and the green roof will be available every 15 minutes, on the quarter hour. New this year is “Follow that Book,” tracking a book returned through the sorter system. Self-guided tours will be available for the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room and the Chinese Room. Peeks into Ready Reference will be available. An exhibit related to Poetic Voices of the Muslim World will be on display. The Friends of the Library’s Bookseller will be having a ten cent sale from 9am-4pm. (The Dome is not handicapped accessible.)