The Jack H. Smith Lending Library is one of the largest LGBT libraries in Wisconsin and encourages and facilitates the reading and research of LGBT literature. We have nearly 3,000 books all ranging from fiction, non-fiction, mysteries and more.
Our collection is organized into categories and is searchable online.
- Psychology and Health
- Spirituality and Religion
- Arts and Literature
- Gay Fiction/Gay Mystery
- Lesbian Fiction/Lesbian Mystery
- Queer Fiction
- Young Adult
Many of the non-fiction titles are also available through the Milwaukee Public Library system – but our fiction collections are truly unique. Outside of an LGBT bookstore like Outwords Bookstore, you will not find a more extensive collection of exclusively LGBT leisure reading in southeast Wisconsin.
Checkout is easy. Checkout slips are available in the library, and can be dropped off at the Information Desk. When you return the books, they also can be dropped off at the Information Desk. We do ask that you limit your selection to 5 books to provide maximum availability to other patrons, and checkout time is 3 weeks. The Library catalog can be found online by clicking here. If there is something specific you are looking for, and it doesn’t come up in a search of the online catalog, inquire with our librarian by email.
The library is community-created and community-supported. We accept donations of gently-used books, and if they are not added to the collection, they will be sold at a book sale to raise money for wish list titles, or made available to other nonprofits in our network. One of our most appreciated and unique donations has been the monthly selections by the Outwords Bookstore book clubs, which were purchased and donated for years by Joseph R. Pabst. He has contributed enough LGBT fiction and nonfiction titles, both contemporary and classic, to fill a bookcase!
Regular library hours
Monday-Friday 11 AM to 8 PM