The Islamic Resource Center opened in July 2011, hosting the first Islamic library in Wisconsin. The IRC aims to provide resources to educators, students, health professionals, interfaith groups, and any members of the Milwaukee community that want an accurate understanding of the Islamic faith, its practices, and its people. The IRC is also the home to the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group whose goal is to advocate for Islam and Muslims by promoting an accurate understanding of the faith, to encourage dialogue amongst all people, to protect civil liberties and to build relationships and coalitions that work for justice, harmony, peace and understanding. The Islamic Resource Center has a professional librarian on site and hosts an array of activities and events including book clubs, author talks, lectures, films, art exhibits, and much more. Recognizing that knowledge and understanding is the key to dispelling stereotypes and building bridges, the Islamic Resource Center is a highly valued institution in Greater Milwaukee and beyond.
The mission of the Islamic Resource Center is to build strong bridges of understanding between Muslims and those of other faiths. This is done by providing quality materials, educational workshops, author talks, book clubs, art exhibits, films and personalized service in a welcoming, professional environment. The Islamic Resource Center welcomes community residents of all ages, whether they are coming for personal enrichment, enjoyment or educational needs.