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321 Wisconsin Ave.
Waukesha, WI   53186

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Saturdays
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Library Cards

How To Get A Library Card

A free library card will be issued to any resident of Waukesha County eighteen years of age or older who presents a picture ID and proof of current residency. Examples of proof of residency include:

  • Driver's license
  • Check book
  • House or property title or mortgage
  • Lease agreement
  • Piece of personal mail postmarked within the past 30 days
  • Utility bill

A free library card will be issued to any resident of Waukesha County under the age of eighteen who is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian presenting a picture ID and proof of current residency. The card must be signed in the presence of the parent or legal guardian.

Library Card Eligibility

As a member of the Waukesha County Federated Library System, the Waukesha Public Library serves all residents and taxpayers of Waukesha County. There is no age or skill requirement for obtaining a library card. Eligibility entitles an individual to apply for a Waukesha Public Library card. A CAFE library card may be used at any library in Waukesha County.

Non-Resident Borrowers

The library also honors the valid borrowers' card of any public library in Wisconsin, other than those in Milwaukee County. Milwaukee County residents must pay a $75 annual fee for a Waukesha Public Library card.

College Students

College students who are residing temporarily in Waukesha County are eligible for a personal library card. Students residing at their permanent address outside Waukesha County do not qualify for a card based on attendance at a local college.


Teachers who do not meet the residency requirement, but are employed by the Waukesha School District, the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha, or the Waukesha County Technical College or any other school located in the City of Waukesha and primarily serving children of City of Waukesha taxpayers may apply for a personal library card. Evidence of current employment must be shown. Teachers at schools other than these need to meet residential eligibility requirements or pay the annual fee.


Businesses (any business, professional service, or community agency, including private pre-schools) which own or rent space in Waukesha County may apply for cards for individual employees (regardless of place of residence) to use for normal business activities. Application must be made on business letterhead and signed by a responsible official. The businesses agree to be ultimately accountable for library materials and to keep the library informed of changes in employee status.

Approved by Library Board: January 1, 2015


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