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Friends of the Library Bookseller / Café

Note: This hallway is closed outside of Bookseller/Café hours. If it's closed, please visit again to see this area.

East hallway to Frends of Library Bookseller and cafe

East hallway to Friends of the Library Bookseller and cafe


East hallway, undated historic image

East hallway, undated historic image

The final stop on our tour brings us back through the Grand Rotunda to the Library Bookseller. The Bookseller is a used bookshop operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. This organization was formed from a merger of the Bookfellows and the Library Literary Society in the spring of 1998. They donate proceeds to help MPL buy new materials and offer programs. MPL is also supported by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation. While the Foundation is a separate organization from the Friends, it also raises funds to support MPL through private donations. These donations go towards books, materials, programs, and library facilities projects.

Also, we are pleased to announce our new café vendor is the Rise and Grind Cafe. They are a local coffee shop that offers coffee, tea, smoothies and a grab & go menu .

Friends of the Library Bookseller and cafe

Friends of the Library Bookseller and cafe

Please come browse the aisles, buy a gently used book, some library-related swag and have a drink or snack. The hours vary, so if it is not open, please come visit us again.

Thank you for touring MPL Central Library!  We hope you enjoyed yourself.

Previous stop: Grand Staircase

First stop: Central Tour Introduction