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East Library Temporary Site Now Open!
2430 N. Murray Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211 (414) 286-3000

The East Library address is on Murray Ave., but the East Library entrance faces
E. Greenwich Ave.

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Holiday Closings | East Library Events
Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday, 12 to 8 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Eastside Branch Public Art

newExterior Public Art - Ray Chi Selected to Commission Public Art
Press Release Announcing Selection | Photo selections of Ray Chi's Art

Ray Chi, a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship recipient in the established artist category. His work varies greatly from furniture and film to public art. He is currently an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Visit Chi’s website for more information | Proposal

“I am truly honored to have been selected for this public art commission. I have called this city 'home' for the past 16 years and have always considered the East Library to be ‘my library,’” said Chi. “I feel a special sense of duty to give back to this place that has given so much to me and my family over the years. It is my hope that this artwork will help rekindle a sense of wonder in all of us, and open our eyes and minds to the potential for beauty to reveal itself in every aspect of our daily lives.”

November 20    RFQ Issued 
December 9    Artist portfolios due 
December 16    Committee meets to review portfolios; selects finalists 
December 20    Finalists invited to submit proposals  
January 21 – 4:00 pm  Artist proposals due 
January 24    Proposals posted on library website; public input accepted 
February 4    Public Presentations by artists; committee selects artists 
February 28    Contracts Issued 
March ‐ July    Design and fabrication process 
July ‐ October    Installations scheduled and completed 
November 2014  Library Opens 

Interior Public Art - currently in progress
The new East Branch will feature two public art works commissioned by the library.  A Request for Qualifications seeking artists’ portfolios was issued in June.  Five finalists were selected from the entries and asked to submit site-specific concept proposals  and present the concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12. The finalists were selected by the Public Art Selection Committee (members can be found on page 5 of the RFQ.) The artists and/or artistic teams who were selected as finalists are listed below, as well as the two artists who were chosen, Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin.

Artists Chosen for Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Public Art Project
Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin | Press Release Announcing Selection

The public art project for the East Branch is funded by grants received from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and from the the sale of the former East Library Eames furnishings. 
City of Milwaukee Arts Board logoGreater Milwaukee Foundatoin

Artist Finalists
Laci Coppins | Santiago Cucullu | Paul Kjelland & Nicolas Lampert
kathryn e. martin | Nathaniel Stern

NewBe Part of the Art at East! | View Full Media Release
“Did you get engaged by the Northpoint Lighthouse?  Did your child take a first step in Back Bay Park?  Does your family enjoy picnics on the lakefront?  Milwaukeeans now have a chance to inspire the design and content of public art at the new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL.)

Santiago Cucullu, one of two local artists recently selected to create public art installations in the new East Branch, is seeking public participation in his commission.  He wants to know what architectural features around Milwaukee Libraries are inherent parts of your story.  Milwaukee residents of all ages are encouraged to share stories about key events in their lives that occurred near one of MPL’s branch libraries.  The stories and images will inspire a series of murals inside the library that are based on geographical features surrounding MPL locations.

Stories (not to exceed 500 words) and images may be posted to the Milwaukee Public Library “Be Part of the Art at East” Facebook Event Page, sent to or dropped off or mailed to the temporary East Branch location, 2430 N. Murray Avenue, Attention: Public Art. The submission deadline is Sunday, November 24th.

Blogging @ East
Visit the East Library new blog page for up-to-date information.

October 10, 2013 - More Chairs from East at Auction
October 3, 2013 - Star Wars Reads Day @ MPL!

October 1, 2013 - Audiobooks & Large Print Return!
September 4, 2013 - Help Choose Art Installations For The New East Library

August 22, 2013 - We Have Wireless!
August, 13, 2013 - East Furniture Auction Update

July 22, 2013 - Temporary Location - How to Find Us!

July 19, 2013 - Own a Piece of the Old East Library

July 16, 2013 - East Library Construction Update
July 1, 2013 - East's Temporary Location Open for Business
June 25, 2013 - A Fond Farewell to the East Library
June 17, 2013 - East Celebration
June 7, 2013 - Holds Changes
June 3, 2013 - Closing Dates
May 28, 2013 - Empty Shelves


East Updates

Where are all the chairs?

Many of East Library’s Herman Miller Eames chairs and other furnishings were auctioned by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on July 25. The funds raised from the sale will support public art in the new East Branch opening in the fall of 2014.

You can own a piece of East Library history too!

Future Auction Dates -

In Milwaukee: November 7, 2013

In Chicago: September 11, October 9, 17, and 23, 2013

Further inquiries can be directed to:

Margaret O’Neil
(414) 220-9200

Printable flyer for the auction.

Construction PhotoTimeline
Check out the construction progress of East Library! Photos will be updated throughout the rebuild. View the photo album here!
The Standard @ East Library

Breaking ground at East Library on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Milwaukee Public Library Director Paula Kiely, Ryan Schultz of HSI Properties, Mayor Tom Barrett, Brett Haney of HSI Properties, and Third District Alderman Nik Kovac. Picture by Tessera Design.

View more photos from the Ground Breaking Event.

Milwaukee residents will soon have a new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. Construction is now underway on a multi-use development on the site - The Standard @ East Library - a 5-story building housing a new 16,000 square foot library, 99 apartments with underground parking, surface parking for library patrons and a retail space adjacent to the library on the first floor. The Standard @ East Library is being developed by HSI, Inc. and designed by Engberg Anderson. For more information contact (414) 227-0900 or visit

With the support of Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new East Branch as part of the mixed-use development. The library redevelopment is targeted for completion in December of 2014.

Milwaukee Public Library selected HGA Architects to design the new library and the design team has been hard at work in 2013 developing the new library space. Visit the gallery of renderings for the new East Branch presented at a public meeting in April, 2013.


East Library Temporary Site

During construction of the new East Branch, the library is temporarily relocated at 2430 N. Murray Ave. The temporary library space houses a smaller collection of materials, laptops which patrons can check out and use while visiting the library, hold pick-ups, a book drop and access to the many virtual amenities the Milwaukee Public Library system has available to library card holders. The temporary space will maintain the same library hours. 

Children and adult programming will not be held in the temporary space. Patrons are encouraged to visit Central Library or Martin Luther King Library.

Check back for more East Library updates and the new East blog produced by our East Library staff. 

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Important Dates
Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Artist Presentations
• Thursday, September 12th ~ 6 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Library
Centennial Hall, Loos Room
733 N. 8th St.
Street parking is free after 6:00 pm

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Public Art Selection Committee will hold a meeting to hear presentations by the five finalists selected to develop public art concepts for the new East Branch. The finalists will each present design ideas to attendees. The meeting will be opened to questions and comments from the public following the presentations.

The five public art proposals are now available on this site.   Residents are encouraged to share feedback on the proposals by completing a community survey.

July, 2013
• Demolition of East Library Building

Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Standard @ East Library
Tuesday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m.
1910 East North Avenue, Milwaukee
The construction site of The Standard @ East Library

Presentation by: Mayor Tom Barrett, Ald. Nik Kovac, HSI Owners - Brett Haney and Ryan Schultz, Library Director Paula Kiely, and County Executive Chris Abele.  

February, 2014
Completion of 16,000 square foot space that will house Library

February-December, 2014
Construction and transformation of empty space into new East Branch

December, 2014
Opening of new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library

East News
Conceptual design images shared at the April 10th public meeting.

East Library Will Relocate to Temporary Facility This Summer and Hold Public Meeting on Design in April
East Library Will Use Temporary Site During Construction

•Design Meeting: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6 p.m. at East Library
Temporary Location this summer: 2430 North Murray Avenue

Read community comments from the East Library Listening Session held on
Dec. 11, 2012 at the East Library.
East Library History

The former East Library, located at 1910 E. North Ave., opened in 1968. A striking feature of the building is the ceiling-height, multi-colored glass panels, designed by Conrad Schmitt Studios.

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