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: The Reader newsletter by mail, special invitations, and member discounts to events throughout the year.


Spring Literary Luncheon

Event Details

STAY TUNED for the 2019 Spring Literary Luncheon announcement!

About the Event

Mexican-American author, Luis Alberto Urrea shared glimpses into his book, which is a personal remembrance of his late beloved elder brother. Guests at the luncheon heard a reading, and received signed copies of his new novel, The House of Broken Angels.


What Members Get Out of the Event

  • At the luncheon, Urrea spoke about his new novel and signed copies, which guests received with their reservation.
  • One of the raffle prizes was an opportunity to sit with the author at lunch.
  • An annual tradition among book clubs and library lovers - Friends members had first access and opportunity for best seating to the Spring Literary Luncheon.



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The Book Store & Cafe

Friends invite you to the Bookseller — Ask about the New Premium Books Section

If you’re a book lover and you haven’t shopped in the Bookseller, please stop in for a coffee and enjoy browsing a huge selection of books! New premium books await you. Find recent bestsellers, newly published and unique nonfiction and fiction alike for a fraction of the price of any other book store in town.

The Bookseller Used Book Store and Café is conveniently located in Milwaukee’s Downtown Central Library. Operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and staffed entirely by volunteers, it generates revenue to support the library. Shop and support literacy in Milwaukee!

Hours & Location

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Monday, 12pm - 4pm 
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm

Prices & Donations

Children’s Books 25 - cents
Paperbacks 50 - cents
Hardcover books - $1
Premium books & media priced as marked
(Cash and credit cards accepted)

Book donations are accepted during store hours. For inquiries, please call (414) 286-2142, or email


Bookseller Half-priced Specials:

November: History/historical biography books

December: Christmas & holiday craft books

Sale Information

2019 Friends Book Sales

All sales will be held at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

Next sale:
March 2, 9 am-4 pm
Spring Sale

June 15th – Summer Sale
Sept 21st – 25-cent Sale
Nov 16th – Holiday & Children’s

Friends members may enter sales 30 minutes before the public with current membership card. Please use the Eighth Street entrance and present your card. The Bookseller Used Book Store has a 2 for 1 sale during the 2018 Friends Book Sales.

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. 

The Book Store & Cafe

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 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 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 or call (414) 286-2142 for more info.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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

Barbara Franczyk, President
Kevin Duffey, Vice President
Barbara Hofstetter, Treasurer
Erin Frank, Secretary

Jenna Green Azab
Catherine Brys
Meghan Engsberg Cunningham
June Davis
Ellen Irion
Daria Kempka
Deborah Koconis
Matthew Lueder
Joel Peterson
Diana Pine
Jess Ripp
Kellee Selden
Judith Steininger 
Matthew Sullivan
Shannon Sweek
Louisa Seifert
Alejandro Zamora, Jr.

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