Our Reference Desks are now combined!

WPL now has one Reference Desk for all ages! Please stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor to have all your questions answered. You will see the faces you recognize from both the adult and children’s areas all in one place. Our temporary Children’s Services Desk has been removed.

Employment Opportunity

Ever dream of working at the Library? We are looking for a part time Marketing Associate! To view the job description and application information, please click HERE.

Bring the Library home for the holidays!

Whatever your needs or interests, the Library is here for you! Learn about all the ways to make use of your Library resources this holiday season and all year long!

Books, Movies, and More!

Hoopla

Hoopla is an online streaming service that provides movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, and more for FREE with your library card!

Holiday Romance Movies

Check out Hoopla's holiday romance movie collection at this link.

Holiday Music

From Dolly Parton, to Michael Buble,  Frank Sinatra, and Mariah Carey, you're sure to find a holiday playlist that suits your style! Check out Hoopla's holiday music collection at this link.

Flipster

Check out the latest holiday decor and craft magazine issues! You can access these magazines (and 80+ more!) for FREE at this link. No holds, no waitlists. You can even keep a copy of the magazine for as long as you'd like with their app! Look for the Flipster app in your app store.

Library Materials

Children's Library Care Packages

Did you know that you can ask our librarians to do the work for you? Fill out this form to request an assortment of books based on your child(ren)'s age(s) and interests! Request your holiday-themed children's books ASAP (as they are very popular this time of year)! 

Adult & Teen Requests

Stop by the Library and check out our displays near the New Books section, or ask our librarians to pull a specific title off the shelves for you!

Classes & Personal Development

Gale Courses

Gale Courses provides a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online for free! Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. The next sessions start December 9 and January 13! Check out some featured classes below, or visit Gale Courses to see everything that's offered!

Introduction to Guitar

Become the musician you've always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you'll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations. Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate student, this course will take your musical talent to the next level. By the time you're finished, you'll be well on your way to becoming a skilled guitar player. Register here.

Start Your Own Gift Basket Business

Take your first step toward a career as a gift basket designer! This course will tell you everything you need to know about starting a gift basket business and running it successfully. You will learn how to make gift baskets that stand out from everyone else's and where to find foods, products, and supplies to make your baskets. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to start your own business as a gift basket designer - and you'll have the confidence you need to excel in this fun and profitable career! Register here.

Get Assertive

Learn specific techniques to become more assertive in all parts of your life. Discover how people manipulate you and how you submit to being a victim. Understand the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive behaviors, and see how inner dialogues keep people acting in passive ways. Explore ways to change your inner dialogue, such as using affirmations and visualization, creating new labels for yourself and others, and keeping a journal. Register here.

Get Funny

The ability to create humor is a skill many people don't have, yet wish they did. If you're interested in learning how to come up with jokes or witticisms on the fly, punch up dull material for an audience, or make a living as a comedy writer, this course will get you going. Register here.

Family Research

Ancestry.com Library Edition Home Access 

Ancestry.com is a comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research. Access it for FREE with your library card from home* at this link!

*Please note: this resource is available from home through March 2021.

Gift Giving

Consumer Reports 

Discover the most highly-rated electronics, cameras, TVs, baby gear, appliances, car parts and more! Consumer Reports provides product reviews and ratings on thousands of products from trusted experts and sources. You can even browse gift lists with ideas for anyone in your life. Access it for FREE with your library card at this link!

Home & Living

Flipster

Check out the latest holiday decor and craft magazine issues! You can access these magazines (and 80+ more!) for FREE at this link. No holds, no waitlists. You can even keep a copy of the magazine for as long as you'd like with their app! Look for the Flipster app in your app store.

Holiday Cookbooks

Whether you enjoying baking or cooking, we've got the holiday-themed cookbook for you! Visit the displays near the New Books section, or ask our librarians to pull a specific title off the shelf for you!

Home Maintenance

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Get your snow blower ready with Small Engine Repair Reference Center! The Small Engine Repair Reference Center contains detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines including snow blowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, tractors, watercraft, and more! Access it for FREE with your library card at this link!

Service Changes

Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Waukesha, the Library will be making some service changes starting Monday, November 16. In order to keep the community and our staff safe, public computers and microfilm readers will no longer be available. Printing, copying, and faxing will still be accessible, and our media collection will remain open for browsing. We ask that you please limit your time in the Library to 15 minutes or less. These changes will stay in effect until further notice. Thank you for understanding!

New Library Hours

We’ve changed our hours! The Library is currently open Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00AM – 1:00 PM, Sunday: Closed. These hours will be in effect until the end of the year.

HelpNow is here!

Are you a student needing help with your homework? Or are you an adult looking for help with test preparation, resume writing, or computer skills? It sounds like HelpNow might be for you! HelpNow is a free, online tutoring and study tool with live online tutoring, a writing lab, test preparation, online meeting spaces, curated lessons and tutorials, customizable teaching tools, and more. Click HERE to check it out, or go to our database page and find it under “Homework Help.” All you need is your library card number!

Waukesha Reads Recordings

Did you miss one of our Waukesha Reads presentations? Recordings (for most of them) are available on the Waukesha Reads YouTube Channel. If you missed The Waukesha County Historical Society’s program on Brook Hill Farms & Dr. Sobey Okuyama, you can watch that one here. Just a reminder that the presentation with Julie Otsuka (October 29 @ 7:00 PM) will not be recorded, so mark that one on your calendar and be sure to watch it live!

This Month’s Teen Programs!

This month’s teen programs can be found on our Event Calendar. All teen programs will happen virtually on Zoom. To register for teen programs, click on the program you’d like to attend, click on the link included in the program description, and fill out the form. A few days prior to the program, Teen Librarian Carley will email you the Zoom information needed to participate. Have questions? Email Carley at crymkus@waukesha-wi.gov or call the Reference Desk at (262) 524-3682.