The Mixed-Use Library

Libraries are struggling to make ends meet in Milwaukee. One possible solution: integrating a mix of uses.

Public surveys and brainstorming sessions led to the idea to expand the use of library buildings to drive more revenue generation.

"Needing to update collections, services, and buildings, MPL already has drawn on a telephone survey, focus group sessions, and a community visioning group to present four configurations for its branch system. All the configurations include mixed-use libraries that would share a building with retail or residential facilities but would be smaller than the current 12 neighborhood libraries.

The first mixed-use library is already on the way, involving a housing development, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."

Full Story: Milwaukee Begins to “Rethink Libraries for the 21st Century”

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