Library Policy Archives

June 7, 2013

Holds Changes @ East Library

East Library 6.5.13 holdshelf1.JPGIn preparation for our move, the East Library will be making some changes to the way we handle holds. Starting on Monday, June 10, 2013, East will become unavailable to select in CountyCat as a pick-up location for holds.

What this means for you: If you placed a hold for pickup at East before June 10, and you receive a notification that it is ready for pickup, it will still be at East, and you still have five days to pick up your item. If there is something you want to request on or after that date, you will need to choose another library at which to pick it up. Here is a list of member libraries with a map.

On July 1, 2013, when we open the temporary East Library at 2430 N. Murray Ave, the holds system will go back to normal and East will once again be available to select in CountyCat as a pickup location. If you receive a notification that your items are ready for pick-up during the week that we are closed to the public (June 23 - June 30), they will be available starting July 1, after which you will still have the full five days to pick up your item.

Any questions? Ask us! The staff members at the East Library are happy to answer any questions you may have about the holds system or the move.

Submitted by Sophie @ East.

June 22, 2010

Summer Hours Start July 1


Library hours for most branches will change on July 1st. Be sure to check your library's hours before you visit! Here are the MPL hours for July and August:

Central Library
Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Drive-Through (Closing for renovation in early July - watch for more details)

Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room & Art, Music & Recreation Room
Mon.-Tues., 12-8 p.m.
Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Libraries

Center Street
Mon.-Tues., 1-8:30 p.m.
Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Atkinson | Bay View | East | Mill Road | Zablocki
Monday, 1-8 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, CLOSED
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Capitol | Forest Home | M.L. King | Tippecanoe | Villard Avenue | Washington Park
Monday, 1-8 p.m.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, CLOSED

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December 11, 2009

Library Hours for 2010

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Milwaukee Public Library hours will be changing for 2010. Be sure to check out the MPL Web site to see the new hours for your favorite branch! You will also find information on library holiday closings and furlough days. Remember that the new hours take effect on December 27, 2009!

June 8, 2009

Library Meeting Rooms

Did you know that Central Library and each neighborhood library has a meeting room that may be used free of charge by groups which meet the criteria set by the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees? The rooms are available to all organizations “engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.”


The meeting rooms vary in size and number by agency. A group wishing to use a neighborhood library meeting room should contact the library of interest directly and ask for a Milwaukee Public Library Meeting Room Use Application to be filled out and approved before a room reservation is confirmed.

For more information concerning Milwaukee Public Library's meeting room policies and guidelines, click here.

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May 29, 2009

Summer Hours @ MPL

The summer season is almost here, and on June 1, 2009, the Milwaukee Public Library will begin summer Saturday hours.
Seven libraries will be open on Saturdays:

Atkinson: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Bay View: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Capitol: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
East: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Washington Park: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Zablocki: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Central: 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of all branch locations and hours, check out the MPL Web site.

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March 31, 2009

New Key Ring Cards Available at All MPL Locations!

A library card gives borrowing and usage privileges at Central (and Central's vast special collections) and the twelve branches--- as well as other public libraries throughout Milwaukee County. They give you access to books, dvds, cds, cd-roms. downloadable audio books. They provide remote access to MPL's online resources and are also required for free computer access.

New library cards with an optional key ring card (adults and teens only) are now available at all thirteen Milwaukee Public Library locations. If you already have a valid card, the new card will cost you $1.00 to replace your old one.


Don’t have a MPL card? Stop by with two forms of identification to get your FREE card.
There's more information here.

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December 8, 2008

New library hours for 2009

Many of the City of Milwaukee's Public Libraries will be changing their hours for 2009. These times will be effective on December 29, 2008.
The Central Library will be open one fewer nights, and the Monday and Tuesday evening hours have been shortened from closing at 8:30 p.m. to closing at 7:00 p.m.

Many Neighborhood Libraries - with the exception of East, Bay View, and Capitol - will be opening at 12:30 p.m. The East, Bay View, and Capitol libraries will be opening at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for the complete listing of MPL hours for 2009, and for the listing of 2009 holiday closings.

August 26, 2008

WUWM - Piece on the 2009 Library Budget

On August 22, WUWM's, LaToya Dennis did a piece on the upcoming budget decision. Click to listen.

July 29, 2008

Missing Books??

Library Director Paula Kiely was interviewed by WTMJ Channel 4’s John Mercure for a story regarding which MPL-owned titles go missing most often. Link to the video is below

Missing Books Video

July 8, 2008

More news on the Receipts.....

To help keep track of date due receipts, MPL is offering a FREE magnet!


Ask your local librarian or circulation staff...while supplies last.

May 27, 2008

2009 Budget Update: Paula Kiely

2009 Budget

As was reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today, the Milwaukee Public Library submitted its 2009 budget earlier this month, which included a number of difficult service reductions. The budget included the reduction of hours at the Central Library and the closing of four neighborhood libraries. This requested budget was presented in response to the library’s allocation, which was significantly reduced. Unfortunately, Milwaukee is not immune to the economic downturn happening around the country and just as Milwaukee families are grappling with how to pay for the increased cost of gas and food, we at the Library are also forced to make difficult decisions. We will be working closely with the Mayor, the Budget Director, and the Library Board of Trustees throughout the summer and while I am hopeful that the situation will improve, we will continue to work to provide quality services in the face of these budget cuts. On behalf of all of us at the Library, I appreciate your patronage and your support.

Paula Kiely


December 6, 2007

Policy Change Affecting Media Holds Requests

The City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Library faced some difficult budgetary choices for 2008. In order to preserve the most critical library services, purchase new and replacement materials, and support staffing levels to maintain library hours, a policy change affecting media holds requests has been initiated.

Holds requests have more than doubled since 2002, and have exceeded 500,000 in 2007. Of the growing number of holds requests received by the library, media requests represent a significant portion and require considerable staff time to locate and process. Staffing available to process these requests has not increased to meet the demand. The following change is necessary to meet City budget reduction targets, and will result in more popular media items becoming available for MPL customers.

Effective January 2, 2008:
The following media items owned by the Milwaukee Public Library will no longer be holdable:

1. All feature films and television programs on DVD and VHS
2. Music CDs in the young adult and adult collections

The following media items owned by the Milwaukee Public Library will continue to be holdable:

1. All non-fiction DVDs and videos classified as educational, informational and/or
2. All children’s CDs

Other items such as books, audio books, and CD-ROMs will continue to be holdable.
However, the maximum number of all items that may be requested at any one time is now 20 per library card holder, down from 40.

A list of frequently asked questions has been prepared for your reference. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please complete an online comment form.

Your patience and cooperation during this transition are appreciated, and we thank you for using your Milwaukee Public Library.

Comment Form

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