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

Hours of operation: The Bookseller is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.

Location: Central Library, 1st Floor, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Contact: 414-286-2142 |

For information on donating books, click here.

Operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, the Bookseller generates revenue to support the library. Shop and support literacy in Milwaukee!


Special Sales

2022 Book Sales

Friday and Saturday, January 7 and 8, 2022, 10am - 4pm
Bookseller Grand Re-opening

The Friends are excited to welcome you back. Customers will receive a free gift with purchase (while supplies last) and all children get a free book. To celebrate, the R Cafe will be offering their famous bread pudding!

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 Central Library

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

**Please note: weekly tours are temporarily on hold

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

Become a Docent! If you are a library enthusiast, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee's historic Central Library.  Contact for more information.

Become A Volunteer

Current Opportunities

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

Contact for more information.

Shannon Sweek, President
Jess Ripp, Vice President
Adam Updike, Treasurer

Louisa Seifert, Secretary

Molly Allen
Jenna Green Azab
Meghan Engsberg Cunningham
Dr. Tyler Farrell
Nancy Flood
Caitlin Heirbaut
Barbara Hofstetter
Ellen Irion
Daria Kempka
Will Koebel
Catherine Lee
Kristen Nelson
Diana Pine
Katherine Rovertoni
Matthew Sullivan
David Westrup
Emilie Williamson
Alejandro Zamora, Jr.

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