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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.

Information Specialists:

  • Answers
    To the questions most frequently asked about the City of Milwaukee

  • Census Depository
    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

  • Code Histories
    Assist patrons in researching City of Milwaukee legislative histories, as well as obtaining copies of individual ordinances and resolutions

  • Code Updates
    Update and maintain City Charter and Milwaukee Code of Ordinances to incorporate changes that occurred from all actions taken by the Common Council.

  • Research Services
    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

  • Interlibrary Loan
    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

  • Newspaper Clippings
    Provide access to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper clippings from the turn of the century to present, arranged by subject

  • Reference Services
    Provide answers to inquiries regarding City issues, local ordinances, or other governmental topics


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Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
Room B-3
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 286-2297

8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

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