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.

Book Bags!

Come create your own book bag on April 14! Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to attend. All supplies will be provided. Supplies are available on a first come, first serve basis. No registration is required for this event.

Spring Teen Programs

The Library has some exciting programs available for teens this Spring! No registration is necessary to attend any event. With any questions, call the Reference Desk at (262) 524-3682.

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.

Employment Oportunity Information Services Librarian I – Part-time Job Share—Limited Term

The Library seeks a highly motivated, technically savvy, public-service-oriented individual to provide adult reference, readers’ advisory services, adult programming, and collection development to the community

The person in this position will work part-time in a job share program. The program commitment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of additional year-long terms.

THE POSITION: The Library is looking for a self-motivated, dedicated professional with a welcoming personality who will work at our busy Reference Desk, plan and conduct adult programs and classes, and assist and instruct library patrons in the use of the online catalog, reference sources, websites, databases, computer programs, e-readers, and technology use.

The Library is looking for a candidate who works well with all kinds of people and understands the transformative value that a library brings to its community.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Library Science; knowledge of information resources available from other libraries, the library system and other sources in the community, county and state; understanding of public library policies; knowledge of trends in collection development; excellent oral and written communication; ability to analyze statistical data and evaluate programs; ability to work independently or as part of a dynamic team; ability to meet the varying needs of a diverse community; the ability to prioritize a varied workload; and a great customer service attitude. Public library experience desired.

Schedule includes weekdays, evening and weekend hours.

WHY JOIN OUR TEAM: This is a rare opportunity to work at an exceptional public library. Waukesha Public Library champions the power of reading and learning to enrich, empower, and engage all in our community. The Waukesha Public Library’s Service Values guide our work and our commitment to serve everyone. The Library offers an inclusive work environment and a competitive salary. The 2019 salary range is $25.27 per hour to a maximum of $34.11 per hour achieved through merit increases.

Online application is available on the City of Waukesha’s website:

In addition to the online application, please attach a résumé and letter of interest to Bruce Gay, Library Director.

Deadline to apply: 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019

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.