The Book Store & Cafe

Friends invite you to the Bookseller — Ask about the New Premium Books Section

If you’re a book lover and you haven’t shopped in the Bookseller, please stop in for a coffee and enjoy browsing a huge selection of books! New premium books await you. Find recent bestsellers, newly published and unique nonfiction and fiction alike for a fraction of the price of any other book store in town.

The Bookseller Used Book Store and Café is conveniently located in Milwaukee’s Downtown Central Library. Operated by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, it generates revenue to support the library. Shop and support literacy in Milwaukee!

Hours & Location

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Monday, 12pm - 4pm 
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm

Prices & Donations

Children’s Books 25 - cents
Paperbacks 50 - cents
Hardcover books - $1
Premium books & media priced as marked
(Cash and credit cards accepted)

Book donations are accepted during store hours. For inquiries, please call (414) 286-2142, or email


Bookseller Half-priced Specials:

February: Music

March: Mysteries

April: Sports

May: Media (General category—will include CDs, records, DVD’s etc.)

June: Travel and Transportation, including maps

July: Biography and Memoir

August: Parenting/Education

September: Fiction

October: Religion

November: Cookbooks

December: Christmas Crafts, Cooking and Fiction