Municipal Research Library
The Municipal Research Library (formerly the Legislative Reference Bureau Library) is the official depository for City of Milwaukee documents, per Milwaukee Code of Ordinances Sec. 305-32. The Library Services section maintains a professionally staffed, full-service library serving government officials, city employees and citizens. With subject specialization in urban/governmental affairs, including a collection of books, journals, and City of Milwaukee reports, the library services section fills a wide array of information needs. Most MRL library resources are available for use by the public.
To the questions most frequently asked about the City of Milwaukee
Maintain a collection of City of Milwaukee decennial census reports from 1940 to the present, as well as other specialized U.S. Census Bureau reports
Assist patrons in researching City of Milwaukee legislative histories, as well as obtaining copies of individual ordinances and resolutions
Update and maintain City Charter and Milwaukee Code of Ordinances to incorporate changes that occurred from all actions taken by the Common Council.
Search online resources to provide access to periodical or newspaper articles, reports, books, bulletin boards and other digital documents for answers to city-related questions for City employees
Obtain copies of journal articles, books or reports that are not available in the collection for city-related questions for City of Milwaukee employees
MRL Card Catalog
Please note: our collection is available for circulation to city employees only, however our library is open to the public and all items may be used on site
Provide access to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper clippings from the turn of the century to present, arranged by subject
Provide answers to inquiries regarding City issues, local ordinances, or other governmental topics