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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 Closed July 3rd and 4th

The Library will be closed on Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We re-open Monday July 6th at 9:00 AM. Our drive-up book drop will be available while we are closed.

Using Our New Drive-up Book Return

Welcome to our NEW outdoor book return station!

To use: press the button to open the door. When the light turns green, place your first item on the belt. The item will be moved inside and the light will briefly turn red. Wait for the light to return to green before placing another item on the belt. Please insert items ONE at a time.

Thank you for your patience during the installation process!


Waukesha to read and celebrate A Wizard of Earthsea by
Ursula K. Le Guin during Waukesha Reads - The Big Read

June 2, 2015 - Waukesha Public Library is a recipient of a grant of $13,800 to host The Big Read in Waukesha. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. Waukesha Public Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016.

The Big Read in Waukesha will focus on A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Activities will take place September 25 – November 8, 2015. A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic coming-of-age novel. Originally published as a young-adult fantasy novel in 1968, Le Guin's adventure tale is so imaginatively engaging and psychologically profound it captivates readers of all ages.

Waukesha Public Library is proud to collaborate with more than 40 partners each year to bring this program to our community. Planning for the October Waukesha Reads – The Big Read has already begun. If your organization or business is interested in getting involved in this exciting community-wide event, please contact Karol Kennedy at kkennedy@waukesha.lib.wi.us or (262) 524-3746.

For more information please visit The Big Read.

Maple Avenue Construction/Getting to the Library

As you may have noticed, the renovation of Maple Avenue has continued south and now impacts the public and staff library parking lots. This project is expected to last into early August. We will try to keep you updated, but every day will be different. The library will not be closed during this project.

Maple Avenue has been signed "Local Traffic Only", although at this time Maple is blocked at both ends. To help ease access to the library and Les Paul Central Middle School during construction, Carroll Street, which is usually one way eastbound, has been converted to two way traffic. The easiest and safest way to access our public parking lot is to use Carroll Street and then turn north into the lot. Please do not be tempted to turn into the lot off of Grand Avenue and go the wrong way through the book return driveway. This would create a very dangerous situation.

Thank you for your patience. We will do all that we can to keep you informed and to provide the same great service that you are accustomed to.

Follow Us On Twitter

The Waukesha Public Library just opened a Twitter account. Follow our tweets on our
Waukesha Public Library Twitter Page.

Waukesha Public Library Newsletter

Have You Visited Us on Facebook Yet?

The Waukesha Public Library's Facebook page is a vibrant, interactive space where you can keep on top of what's happening at the library. 'Like' the page to keep up-to-date on the library:
Waukesha Public Library Facebook Page

There are several other Facebook pages that are run by the library, check those out, too!

WPL Teen Zone
Waukesha Reads

If you're interested in helping support the library, 'like' our Friends Facebook page and learn more about what the Friends of the Waukesha Public Library do:

Friends of the Waukesha Public Library

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Fax service is available using the BookScan Station located in the first floor computer area.
$0.25/page US & Canada
$1.00/page international


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