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Services

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center offers a host of convenient services that make life for the LGBT community just a little bit easier. Whether you’re looking for a space to hold a meeting or need to jump online to apply for a job, we’re happy to offer free services to our community.

 
 

David Bohnett Cybercenter

For many people in our community, Internet access is a lifeline – providing communication, places to live and opportunities to apply for work. Through a generous grant from the David Bohnett Foundation, the David Bohnett CyberCenter provides computers with Internet access to the general public to check your e-mail, create a resume, do online research or even brush up on your typing skills.

The David Bohnett CyberCenter follows the Expectations of Respect used throughout the Center. Guests are requested to sign-in at the front desk to access the CyberCenter.

  • We enforce a half-hour limit on computer usage while there is a wait

  • There is no eating or drinking permitted in the CyberCenter

Drop-In Hours

Monday through Friday:
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
(Friday until 5 PM)

Saturday and Sunday:
Closed

 
 

Meeting Space

Did you know the Center offers facilities in Milwaukee to rent at really affordable rates? We have two rooms available to reserve for meetings, private parties and other activities.

Community Room: accommodates up to 120 people
Board Room: accommodates up to 12 people
211A: semi-private space accommodating up to 15 people

We have alternative spaces available upon request. To reserve one of these rooms, please contact Henri Morgan by phone at 414.292.3069 or email. Once contacted, we’ll provide you with the necessary paperwork for reserving a room. If you wish to use a reserve a room for a private party, a room fee and/or security deposit is required.

As part of our commitment to the community, we offer discounts for non-profit organizations and Center partners.

 
 

Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

Our food pantry is open to anyone who comes in - no need to show ID or tell us a ZIP code! We’re always looking for donations of food, especially instant meals like cup noodles, easy mac, canned pasta, canned soup, etc. as long as it has a pop top. Give us a call if you’d like to donate food.

Open Monday- Friday 11:00am-5:00pm. No appointment needed, but we limit food pantry use to once per week.

Our clothing closet is also open to anyone who comes in. We’re looking for donations of professional clothing, t-shirts and undershirts, pants and jeans, and shorts.

Open Monday- Friday 11:00am-5:00pm. No appointment needed.

 
 

Jack H. Smith Library

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

  • Sociology

  • History

  • Spirituality and Religion

  • Arts and Literature

  • Biography

  • 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!

library hours

Monday-Friday 11 AM to 7:00 PM