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Close The Central Library will close early on Thursday, October 19

Central will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 for the Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony. Regular service will resume on Friday, October 20.

Capitol Branch will be closed for a Staff Training Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017. Regular service will resume on Friday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Music & Movies

Music & Movies

The library has music and video for all ages and tastes. With more than 75,000 music CDs and over 87,000 films, everyone will find media to inform, entertain, and educate.

Find new CDs and DVDs throughout Milwaukee County.

Lucky Day DVDs

Films that gross over $50 million at the box office are designated as “Lucky Day” items. In other words, holds can't be placed on a select number of the copies available. Instead, customers who come into the library may find these gems on the shelf - ready for checkout - just because they came to the library in person that day.

Freegal Music

Freegal Music® is a free music service that offers access to about 8 million songs, including the Sony Music catalog of artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries in every style from classical to metal. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. NEW! Freegal Streaming has been added. Each cardholder can now listen to 5 hours of streaming music per day through your personal Freegal Music account, in addition to your allotment of 5 downloadable songs per week.