Spring Literary Luncheon

Virtual Spring Literary Luncheon


Thank you event partners, sponsors, and Friends for joining us at this year’s virtual Literary Luncheon featuring New York Times bestselling author, Kiley Reid! If you weren’t able to attend, or would like to make an additional donation to support the Friends, please complete the form HERE.



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Membership Levels and Benefits


The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library recognize the value of our great library and celebrate all it has to offer. Friends membership dollars provide financial support to keep the library’s outstanding collections, resources and programs free and accessible for all. 

Join the Friends

You are invited to join the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Among the benefits of joining are: Special invitations and member discounts to events throughout the year.


The Bookseller


The Bookseller is temporarily closed - please check back for updates and reopening details.

Feb 2021 update:

We’re thrilled to share our partners at Sharehouse Goods will be temporarily accepting used book donations until the Bookseller operations at Central Library have resumed. Click here for details.

The Bookseller
Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Store: 414-286-2142 
The Bookseller used book store is conveniently located in Milwaukee’s Downtown Central Library. Operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, generates revenue to support the library. Shop and support literacy in Milwaukee!

Sale Information

2021 Friends Book Sales

Holiday & Children's Book Sale

Sunday, November 21, 2021

11:00am - 4:00pm

Milwaukee Public Market

400 N Water Street, 2nd floor

Milwaukee, WI

Browse the Friends Book Carts at the Milwaukee Public Market! 

400 N. Water St. ($1 books available daily).

Also available at all Milwaukee Public Library branch libraries.

Proceeds from the sale of books benefit Milwaukee Public Library. Thank you for your continued support of the library and the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. 

Tour MPL

Tour the past and present of the Central Library with the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library.

Free tours begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning in the rotunda. Tours are also available by appointment.
Call (414) 286-TOUR (8687).

The Milwaukee Public Library was founded in 1878. After several moves, the Central Library was built in response to the need for more spacious quarters. It opened its doors to the public on October 3, 1898. The original structure is a combination of French and Italian Renaissance styles built of Bedford limestone. Several additions help make up the block-long building that stands today. Central Library has been designated a landmark by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Become a Docent

If you are a library enthusiast, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee's historic Central Library - please email friends@mpl.org or call (414) 286-8720 for more information.

Become A Volunteer

Volunteer with the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library

Are you a self-proclaimed bibliophile? Do you have customer service skills? The Bookseller Used Bookstore in downtown Central Library is seeking volunteers to join their team! The Bookseller is operated almost entirely by volunteers, and all proceeds support Milwaukee Public Library through grants for books and materials for children and adults. A variety of hours and shifts are available - please email Bookseller@mpl.org or call (414) 286-2142 for more info.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

-Sorting Room
-Special Sales (inquire for available dates)

Shannon Sweek, President
Jess Ripp, Vice President
Barbara Hofstetter, Treasurer

Louisa Seifert, Secretary
Barbara Franczyk, Past President

Molly Allen
Jenna Green Azab
Meghan Engsberg Cunningham
Kevin Duffey
Dr. Tyler Farrell
Nancy Flood
Caitlin Heirbaut
Ellen Irion
Daria Kempka
Kristen Nelson
Deborah Koconis
Will Koebel
Catherine Lee
Diana Pine
Katherine Rovertini
Matthew Sullivan
Adam Updike
David Westrup
Emilie Williamson
Alejandro Zamora, Jr.

Marsha Huff
J. Lewis Perlson Esq.
Ron S. San Felippo
Marsha Sehler