The rarest, most special items in the holdings of the Milwaukee Public Library can be found in the Rare Books Room on the second floor of the Central Library. This beautiful space includes a climate controlled book area and a reception room. It was dedicated in 2001 in honor of Richard E. Krug, city librarian from 1941 to 1975 and his wife Lucile Krug, whose generosity endowed construction of the Room and continues funding for the Krug Educational Program series of lectures.
The Rare Books collection of more than 6,000 items includes pieces of special value, such as signed first editions, books and ephemera published before 1868, artist's books, maps, prints and other items of local historical or cultural significance.
Due to the uniqueness of materials in the Rare Books Room certain procedures are in place to request a viewing of materials in this special collection. Though all items are available for viewing, an appointment must be made in advance. Appointments can be made by calling the Art, Music and Recreation Dept at the Central Library by calling 286-3071 or 286-3011.
To search holdings in the Rare Books Room please click here.
Future entries will highlight individual treasures found in the Rare Books Room. Fortunately, you can leave the treasure map at home as long as you can find the Central Library!
Submitted by Patricia DeFrain Rare Books Librarian