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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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Class Visits & Tours

Waukesha Public Library welcomes classes and groups of all ages to learn more about the facilities and many resources the library has to offer. The entire library has recently been updated with the first floor Adult collections, Reference area and the TEEN ZONE completed in 2005. The new children's area on the second floor was officially opened in March 2010. This beautiful setting for children and parents includes sun splashed window seats, updated computer stations and 321 Alphabet Square, an interactive play space designed for youngest children to develop pre-reading skills. This bright and spacious building is the perfect place to browse, read, chat, and checkout books, movies, music and more! Call to schedule your tour of this vibrant community space.

Children's groups and classes sixth grade and younger may schedule their visits with the Manager of Children's Services : 262 524-3692. Adult groups and classes seventh grade and up may arrange their visits with the Manager of Information Services: 262 524-3682.

  • Library Instruction
  • Stories and/or booktalks
  • Tours of the children's and/or Teen and/or Adult areas
  • Demonstration of print or non-print resources

Following the tour, classes are free to browse for books, conduct research and check out materials.

Tours should be scheduled as far in advance as possible; a minimum of one week notice is requested. Tours will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Scheduling is dependant on staff and meeting space availability.

For classes to receive library cards and check out materials the day of their tour, card applications should be signed by parent or guardian and returned to the library a minimum of 10 working days before the visit. Teachers and leaders will want to allow extra time in their schedule for students to select and check out materials.

An adult staff member should accompany and remain with the class or group throughout the tour. Leaders are asked to remind children of proper library behavior before the visit.

Groups from communities in Waukesha County other than the City of Waukesha will be encouraged to visit their local library, but a visit to Waukesha Public Library can be arranged if they still desire it. Requests for visits from groups based outside Waukesha County will be considered on an individual basis.

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