Share the history of MPL as a volunteer Tour Guide

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Milwaukee Public Library

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If you are a history enthusiast looking for a new venture, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee’s historic Central Library.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and an official Milwaukee landmark, Central Library is an architectural jewel which showcases detailed craftsmanship, ornate decoration, and fascinating special features.

The Milwaukee Public Library is looking for volunteers who enjoy teaching or talking in front of a group, have experience in doing so, and who would like to share their love of libraries, books and buildings with others.

Docents lead architectural tours of the Central Library, answer questions, and share information about library amenities and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

As part of the Docent Enrichment Program, volunteer docents meet eight to ten times per year to learn about the Milwaukee Public Library’s history and architecture, projects and services. As a group, they take field trips and guided tours at other libraries and cultural institutions to enhance general knowledge, and to gain tips and tricks from peer docents.

Complete an Online Volunteer Application.

MPL Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233

- Minimum 18 years of age
- Experience with speaking to and working with groups of people of all ages
- Interest in Milwaukee history
- Ability to stand for longer periods of time or sustained mobility

Questions? Contact the Library Volunteer Coordinator at or (414) 286-3077

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About Milwaukee Public Library


814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233, US

Mission Statement

The Milwaukee Public Library is a vital public resource that believes free and open information, materials, and services are essential to fostering creativity, discovery, literacy, and learning while enhancing life throughout our community. We are an anchor institution that helps build healthy families and vibrant neighborhoods - the foundation of a strong and thriving Milwaukee. At the Milwaukee Public Library, inspirations starts here - we help people, read, learn, and connect.


As an organization, we are committed to Creating a City of Readers & Lifelong Learners, Anchoring Healthy & Vibrant Neighborhoods, and Contributing to a Strong Milwaukee.

With 13 branch locations throughout Milwaukee, we serve a population of over 595,000 individuals. We house a collection of over 2.5 million items in print, digital, and media. Each year we welcome over 2 million visitors and offer over 6,000 free programs for children, teens, and adults, throughout our community.


We'll work with your schedule.


MPL Central Library814 W. Wisconsin AveMilwaukee, WI 53233



  • History
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Ushering
  • General Education


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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