Items due back starting June 15

Thank you for “taking care” of our materials during this unpredictable time. Now we’d like to see them come back home to the Library! All items checked out before the pandemic started are due back to us by June 15. Please drop them off in our outdoor book return. If you’d like to see if they can be renewed, please call us at 262-524-3684 or log in to your Library account on

When will the Library be reopening?

We know that everyone is excited to come back to the Library! We are working with statewide library leaders, our library system, and the City of Waukesha to put together a multi-phase reopening plan that prioritizes public health. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please watch our website and social media accounts for more information.

Have you tried hoopla?

Hoopla has been available since April 1, and we’d like to know if you’ve tried it yet. Do you enjoy the service? If you haven’t tried it, why not? Your feedback will help us serve you better in the future. Please consider taking our quick survey.

Virtual Teen Book Club discussion of Divergent

Waukesha Public Library’s Teen Book Club will be discussing Divergent by Veronica Roth on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 PM. We will be discussing the book via Zoom. Please fill out this form if your teen would like to attend. Once you fill out this form, Teen Librarian Carley will email you the Zoom information needed to participate in this book discussion.

If you RSVP YES and then are unable to attend, please email Carley at to let her know your teen can no longer make the Zoom discussion. If no teens sign up for the discussion by noon on Tuesday, May 26, discussion questions will instead be posted to our Teen Instagram account, @wplteenzone.

To access Zoom, you can download the app for free or via the website At 7:00 PM on May 26, you can hit “Join a Meeting” and you can enter in the room information and participate in our discussion! The discussion will last an hour, ending at 8:00 PM.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Carley. I hope to see you at our May 26 discussion!

Community Art Space Featured Artists January-June 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.