Visitors will experience Milwaukee’s newest branch library and how it operates. Visitors will be able to see the historic restoration and redevelopment of the five story Hill’s Building, which is now home to the library and apartment units above. Visitors will be shown a behind the scenes look at the work area where they can view how material is checked in and sorted by a state of the art sorting machine. Visitors will also see Studio M, the library’s maker space in the lower level.
The five-story Hills building, 906-910 W. Mitchell St., was constructed in 1919 and was, for years, a neighborhood anchor. Throughout its history, the building housed a number of department stores that became a center of commerce for a then bustling Mitchell Street. In later years, the building housed a number of organizations that ranged from a hardware store, wedding and banquet services, and a venue for punk rock music. Current tenants are the Milwaukee Public Library which uses 3 floors of the building, and the apartments above which are managed by the Gorman Company.