Kiely, the library director, is referring to a 23,000-square-foot space that was once used to house a department store. The new neighborhood library has been built inside the historic former Hills building and features many original details including molding, ornate columns, and refurbished metal railings.
“Like a parent who doesn’t have a favorite child, but really does, every new library we open is my favorite," Kiely said.
"The Mitchell Street Branch is now my new favorite branch library," Kiely also said.
The Milwaukee Public Library Foundation raised over $300,000 for the new facility. The city and a condominium developer helped foot the rest of the bill, that’s why there are 60 condos available for rent directly above the library.
“It’s a way to leverage city funding with developer financed funding," Kiely said.
The library was also designed with providing a technology-rich space to the public in mind. The lower level of the library even includes a makerspace for teens to learn coding, video editing, creating art projects, and much more.