Spring Literary Luncheon

LIVE Virtual Spring Literary Luncheon


Although it looked a little different this year, Friends Members and book lovers virtually joined Madeline Miller, where she shared anecdotes about her Number 1 New York Times Bestseller "Circe" and answered questions from guests!


Proceeds from the event support programs, materials, and digital services at Milwaukee Public Library. If you are interested in contributing you can do so HERE.



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Membership Levels and Benefits


Friends of MPL COVID-19 Relief Fund

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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 and not accepting book donations at this time. Please check back for updates and reopening details.


Hours & Location

Monday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm 
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Central Library - 1st Floor
814 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI


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

Prices & Donations

Children’s Books - $.25
Paperbacks - $.50
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 Friends@mpl.org.


Bookseller Half-price Monthly Specials

February: Music

March: Biographies and Memoirs

April: Sports

May: Media (General category—will include CDs, records, DVD’s etc.)

June: Travel and Transportation, including maps

July: Biography and Memoir

August: Parenting/Education

September: Fiction

October: Religion

November: Cookbooks

December: Christmas Crafts, Cooking and Fiction

Sale Information

2021 Friends Book Sales

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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

Jenna Green Azab
Meghan Engsberg Cunningham
June Davis

Kevin Duffey
Dr. Tyler Farrell
Nancy Flood
Caitlin Heirbaut
Ellen Irion
Daria Kempka
Deborah Koconis
Catherine Lee
Joel Peterson
Diana Pine
Matthew Sullivan
Alejandro Zamora, Jr.

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