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Library Collection

With over 475,000 print and electronic items in the collection and more than 1.2 million items checked out annually, the Waukesha Public Library is one of the most heavily used libraries in the state, and includes:

  • 270,912 books in print
  • 123,087 electronic books
  • 52,289 audio/visual materials
  • 29,888 electronic audio/visual materials
  • 2,065 government documents
  • 425 periodical subscriptions.

The Library also features collections in Spanish for both adults and children including books, DVDs and audio books. Additionally, the collection includes a rich Local History and Genealogical Collection spanning over a century, covering details from Waukesha County and the City of Waukesha.

Government Documents

Waukesha Public Library is proud to be a congressionally designated depository for United States government documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program. This program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has free access to Government information, which can be anything from laws and budgets to maps, census information, tax forms, and climate data. You can search the library’s collection of federal and state documents via the CAFÉ catalog, and many publications are also available online through the Government Publishing Office at and the Wisconsin Digital archives at Questions? Contact the Reference Desk at 524-3682 for more information.

Loan Periods & Checkout Limits

125 items may be checked out on a card at any given time. Laptops may be checked out for three hours (in-library use only); books and most other print material can be checked out for 21 days, and rental collection items and DVDs can be checked out for 7 days. Please refer to policy C-3 for more information or call us at 262-524-3680 if you have questions!