You can still contact us!

Starting March 26, the Library will no longer be answering our phones. You can still contact us via email ( or through social media. Coming Soon! Watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for interactive programs and suggestions for things to read, watch, and listen to over the next few weeks.

A Note About Fines and Due Dates

Fines are the last thing we want our patrons to worry about right now. Our outdoor book return is currently open, so you can return your materials if you want to. Fines will not accrue during the Library’s closure, and all due dates have been extended to May 1. So, stay at home and take this time to enjoy a few extra days with those books you didn’t finish and watch those movies a second time. We don’t mind! If you have any questions, Library staff are currently answering our phones from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Library Cancellations, March 16 – April 3

Protecting the safety and health of our patrons and staff is the top priority for Waukesha Public Library. We are working diligently to help curb the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, the WI Department of Health, and the Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services. In doing so, the Library will be cancelling all programs and meeting room bookings from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to evaluate the situation and make changes accordingly. For the foreseeable future, we plan to continue serving your library needs as usual. Please keep in mind that visiting the Library or other public spaces is a decision that should be made based on the needs of you and your family. Don’t forget that the Library provides many digital services, such as access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and online classes that can all be accessed through We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this situation evolves.

Community Art Space Featured Artists Jan – Apr 2020: Jenni & Hannah Schwane

Featured Artists – Jenni and Hannah Schwane

January – April 2020


Artists of the month, mother and daughter, Jenni and Hannah Schwane are excited to present a variety of their works of art at the Waukesha Public Library through April 30th, 2020.

Both proud to be born and raised Waukesha residents and have enjoyed the artist community here in Waukesha as well as Milwaukee.  Although it seems to run in the family, they believe that creativity exists universally and just needs to find a way to be cultivated and tapped into.

Jenni is self-taught in fine art, although she has taken a wide range of university level courses over the years to qualify her as a fine artist. She has taught many classes and creative sessions for all ages mainly focused on painting and pottery. She loves to encourage those who feel a lack of creativity by offering fun, easy going creative juice sessions. Jenni is also a self employed hairstylist and volunteers part time at the Donna Lexa Art Center in Waukesha.

Hannah is currently a fine art major at University Wisconsin Whitewater with furthering education in mind. She has explored both 2 and 3D mediums. Bartending at 841 has helped her continue to afford staying in school and she is welcoming art commissions to help with her education as well.

Each of the ladies have done extensive creative studies in art mediums ranging from pottery, oil and acrylic paints, and inks, mixed media, charcoal and other drawing materials. They have taken several university classes together over the years as well as attended life drawing sessions.
Further bio information is located at gallery on the main floor of the Waukesha Public Library.

Interest in pursuing a work of their art contact at or 262-336-4597.

Can’t remember your library card number? Set up a username!

Want to place holds or access your account without having to remember your library card number? Now you can! Setting up a username is easy and can be done from the comfort of home.

  • A username may be used to log into your account in place of using your barcode number.
  • Create a username by logging into your account, selecting “My Record,” and then clicking on “Change Logon.”
  • Once you create a username, the system will send you an email confirming the change.
  • Your username can be used interchangeably with your library card number to log into your account.
  • Your username will NOT work for logging into OverDrive or Libby.

Please contact the Reference Desk at 262.524.3682 with any questions.

Sandhill Cranes

The Library has installed a new piece of public art into our permanent collection. Sandhill Cranes by Tom Rauschke is a wooden mobile installed in the north atrium to fill that space with form, color, and movement. Stop in and take a look at this breathtaking piece.

Loan Limits Changed!

Exciting news! Starting today, there are no more loan limits on Library AV items, magazines, or pamphlets. What does that mean? Each Library card can have up to 125 items checked out on it from our collection. If you want to check out 125 DVDs, go ahead! Love CDs? Take home as many as you want! As long as you have 125 items or less checked out on your card, you can take home whatever materials you’d like. The only items that still have loan limits are: Laptops (1), Hotspots (1), Book Group Kits (2) and Launchpads (1). Please check with the Reference or Circulation Desks if you have any questions. The number of holds allowed per card is still 40.

Pay Your Fines Online!

If you owe fines of $5.00 or more, you can now pay them online! Just log into your CAFE account and click on “Pay Fines Now!” This option only appears if you owe $5.00 or more. A 5% service fee applies. You can also still pay at the Library, just like before.