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 MRL 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 fills a wide array of information needs. Most MRL resources are available for use by the public.
Library Services and Resources:
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
We provide answers to inquiries regarding City issues, local ordinances, or other governmental topics.
MRL staff update and maintain City Charter and Milwaukee Code of Ordinances to incorporate changes that occurred from all actions taken by the Common Council.
We assist patrons in researching past versions of the city code, as well as obtaining copies of individual ordinances and resolutions.
We maintain a collection of City of Milwaukee decennial census reports from 1940-1990, as well as other specialized U.S. Census Bureau reports.
The MRL houses a microfiche collection of local newspaper clippings from the early 20th century to 2008, arranged by subject. We can access newer articles through one of our online subscriptions.
We assist researchers from all city departments in gathering data and information on urban affairs.
Interlibrary Loan (for City employees only)
The MRL can obtain copies of journal articles, books or reports that are not available in our collection for work-related questions.