Library News & Events

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Calendar Library news Employment Enter The Adult Summer Reading Program! Enter The Children's Summer Reading Program!

Parking & WiFi

For a parking map and current rates, please visit the City of Lake Geneva’s parking department website.

There is free parking in the residential area north of the library; and 5 dedicated spaces for library patrons in front of the library building will be coming soon – watch for signage and marked stalls. Please note all enforcement is conducted by the City of Lake Geneva. Library stalls will only be free for library patrons for 30 minutes during library open hours, vehicles should pay at a kiosk or by app when the library is closed. Our open hours are on our website and the front doors of our building.

WiFi is free and accessible from the areas outside/around the building, no password required. We leave WiFi on 24×7.

Lake Geneva Public Library Foundation

Lake Genevans take great pride in their Library as volunteers as well as patrons. In a municipality of over 7,800 citizens and a service population of just over 16,000 people, LGPL is supported by a library foundation, friends group, and other library volunteers.


Friends of the Library

The Friends host an annual meeting program, donate money for library collections and programs, and support library marketing and other initiatives.


Library History

A Unique Building, A Dramatic Site

Situated on one of the most dramatic library sites in the Midwest, the Lake Geneva Public Library is one of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protege, James R. Dresser, the prairie style building overlooks the lake from its downtown location in Library Park. The unique building has become a key stop for not only library patrons, but architectural enthusiasts as well.

In 1894, Mrs. Mary Sturges deeded property to the city of Lake Geneva, stipulating that “until means shall be provided for erecting a suitable fireproof building for library purposes, the building now erected may be used for that purpose.” In 1898, the Lake Geneva City Council accepted books from the Lake Geneva Library and Improvement Association and established a city public library. In 1913 Henry Strong’s estate left $1000 which became seed money for a library building fund. Added to it was a $10,000 donation from the estate of Jennie Buckbee, a $5000 bequest in memory of James Simmons, and $100,000 from the estate of Mary Gridley Bell.

Recognizing the need for a new and safe building, the Library Board combined the various legacies, their accumulated interest, $12,000 in general public donations, and a $30,000 appropriation from the Lake Geneva City Council. The current library building was dedicated in December 1954. Constructed of Roman brick and red oak with immense glass areas, the building combines beauty and utility, making it both practical and a show piece which blends into its park setting. Drawing again from the Jennie Buckbee estate, in 1963 a meeting room was added to the east end of the building. In 1970 additions to the south and west ends of the building were completed.

Smith Meeting Room

Our main community program and meeting space.


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