The Islamic Resource Center is the first Islamic library/cultural center in Wisconsin
Founded in 1994, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition began as a local outreach organization dedicated to promoting an accurate understanding of Islam and Muslim women. Now, in addition to that, the MMWC runs the Islamic Resource Center, Wisconsin’s first Islamic lending library and cultural center. Showcasing Islamic art and calligraphy, the IRC also has a small cafe, a bookstore, multiple sitting areas and a multi-purpose hall. Extensive programming includes a robust lecture series, planning for the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival with films showing at the Oriental Theater, the online Wisconsin Muslim Journal, networking brunches, book clubs, author talks, poetry readings, children’s summer reading and activity programs, and one of the few culturally specific family peace programs in Wisconsin. The MMWC speakers bureau addresses a wide range of groups including schools, universities, businesses, law enforcement agencies, healthcare centers, religious establishments, community organizations and the media.
A warm and welcoming decor with lots of art to look at and books for all ages, the IRC is a family friendly location and accessible. While all large group events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, the IRC is open to individuals or families who observe social distancing and wear masks.