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Milwaukee Public Library

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Beautiful Building

I first went to this location of the Milwaukee Public Library system as a nearby college student... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Beyond 5 stars

If it's true "a city with a great library is a great city," you need go no further than the... read more

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814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233-2309
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I first went to this location of the Milwaukee Public Library system as a nearby college student. The first time you enter can cause audible gasps when you enter from the main entrance. The building's lobby has a marble interior, which they have continued to...More

Thank adj7317
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If it's true "a city with a great library is a great city," you need go no further than the downtown Milwaukee Public Library to declare Milwaukee a great city. With its stunning architecture, historical artifacts, artwork, and second-to-none children's department, it's truly something to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Big library with variety of books, CD and study materials. The building is also worth a tour as it is well maintained.

Thank Akira306
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing building, though I was sad to see the Library had very few patrons on a weekday in August. The art work and the architecture are worth the trip.

Thank Marguerite a
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The used bookstore is a hidden gem! We stopped by on a Saturday and walked away with over $80 in books. Hardcovers are $1 ($2 for most recent popular books) and 50 cents for paperback. The shelves are well organized and easy to access (I...More

Thank LauriHoward
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This library is good, but could be GREAT if the librarians would enforce some common rules for the myriad unaccompanied children that are allowed to run wild. The adult areas are well-kept, and the staffers in all areas were friendly and helpful! The building is...More

Thank TheRoamingGnomette
Reviewed July 2, 2018

This library has every possible service available a library should have, and a little park to sit outside for a picnic. They even have a statue of one of MY homeboys, Ben Franklin, to welcome you. Had I been in town on 2/5/18, I wouldve...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2018

I grew up here and have to admit I never once visited. Now being back here visiting I decided to take the kids and we spent four hours reading books and exploring the children's area. We happened upon a story hour and activity session and...More

Thank Katie F
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

This lives was built when Milwaukee was very rich and it shows. The inside is incredibly opulent and if you're in the area it's well worth a visit at least to the entrance hall.

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Note that I am writing this from a tourist perspective, not using the library as an information source. It is your standard big city library. It does have boat models, which encompass a small portion of the library. The employees were very cordial, helpful in...More

Thank Dan I
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