Library News & Announcements

  • The library building remains closed to the public right now. We have limited staff for essential operations at this time and are focused on their safety as well as the safety of our community. Please do not enter the building.
  • The library will be reopening in phases, with Phase 1 beginning on June 8. Our initial reopening will be by appointment only for a limited number of patrons. Safety of our staff and our patrons is our first priority, and we will be following public health guidelines from the CDC, WEDC, and Walworth County. Click here for more information about our reopening.
  • Due dates on all LGPL items currently checked out have been extended until June 15. Please return library materials at your earliest convenience. Due dates will not be extended again. Our book drop is open and weather permitting, a large bin for oversize and fragile items, outside our main entrance.
  • Materials are not being transferred between libraries at this time, so curbside pickup is limited to items on our shelves.
  • When picking up, your items will be checked out to you and placed in a bag with your name on a cart outside the library front door. Please pick up your materials when no one else is at the cart in order to practice safe social distancing.
  • Please DO NOT leave any returns on the holds pickup cart – non-fragile items may be dropped in the library book return in the wall to the left of the main doors. When weather permits, we will have a blue cart for large returns (STEM kits, etc.) available next to the book return as well. We quarantine all returned materials for at least 72 hours before handling them, so there will be a delay in seeing returned items clear from your account.
  • Please do not drop any donated books in either of the returns at this time.

The library cannot guarantee a germ- or virus-free environment or materials. All returned items are quarantined at least 72 hours before being processed for checkout. Library staff follows best practices as recommended by the CDC. Please consider any risks before utilizing our curbside pickup service.

Statewide WiFi map now available

A map has been published to help people find a source of free WiFi. Libraries and other institutions are included.
Story in the State Journal:

The library is closed to public access until further notice.

The Lake Geneva Public Library building closed to the public on March 13, 2020 as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The library staff is working behind the scenes to make library materials available for checkout via curbside pickup. To reserve items, place holds in our online catalog, email lakegene@lakegeneva.lib.wi.us with your requests, or call 262-249-5299 during curbside pickup hours to speak to library staff for assistance and to schedule your pickup time and date.
We anticipate slowly restoring public access to the building in June, with a limited, appointment-only initial phase. Details will be released in late May/early June.

Library Interior Renovation Project

Get all the facts and upcoming event details about our potential interior renovation project here.

Beachside Authorfest 2020

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Update: the in-person Authorfest event will likely be canceled, but stay tuned for announcements about a possible alternative format. All authors who have submitted agreements will be contacted by the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library, and we will update this page with further information as it becomes available. Thank you!

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The Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library have released this year’s Beachside Authorfest application and information! Please click the links for the documents and contact information:

Author Agreement & Invitation 2020

Sponsor packet 2020

We hope you can join us for another wonderful celebration of local authors in Library Park this summer!

Historical Newspapers Online

We now have access to an online newspaper archive for search and browsing the following collections:

  • The Lake Geneva Regional News 1936-2015
  • The Lake Geneva Herald 1912-1919
  • Lake Geneva News 1891-1895

Collection notes:

  • Lake Geneva News 1885-1898 (the “Lake Geneva News” goes from 1879-1895 and then turns into “Lake Geneva Weekly News” 1895 – 1???. This shows up under “Lake Geneva Weekly News” on the site)
  • Geneva Weekly Express 1855-1856 (under “The Geneva Express”)
  • Lake Geneva Herald 1877 – October 1910 (under “The Lake Geneva Herald”. This title only runs 1879-1883 then changes into “The Herald” from 1883-1912)
  • Lake Geneva News 1903-1933 (there is another title called “Lake Geneva Weekly News” that spans 1903-1924 and this appears under “The Lake Geneva Regional News”. Starting in 1924, the title “Lake Geneva News” turned into the “Lake Geneva News Tribune” and so starting in 1924 that is what the masthead shows. These also appear under the “Lake Geneva Regional News”)
  • Lake Geneva Regional News 1933-1936 (the Lake Geneva Regional News starts in March 1936. Before that date, titles were called “Regional News” (Oct 1933 – Mar 1936) and “Lake Geneva News Tribune” (Dec 1924 – Sept 1933). These show up under “Lake Geneva Regional News”)

Thanks to Ancestry.com and the Lake Geneva Regional News for scanning our microfilm reels and making them available in this format for library patrons!

This collection can be accessed from within the library only, either on public computers or a device connected to our WiFi network.

Lake Geneva Public Library Goes Fine-Free

June 16, 2018

The Lake Geneva Public Library (LGPL) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a one year fine-free policy on adult materials in addition to the fine-free youth material collection at their June meeting, with a final recommendation back to the Board in June 2019.

Lake Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees President Fritz Oppenlander:
“The LGPL Board of Trustees encourages all current and future library patrons to utilize the materials, programs, and services available for their enjoyment, exploration, and education. Removing barriers to library utilization is important in supporting this objective. We recognize that individuals have different styles and speeds of internally processing material and respect those differences. Similarly, we believe patrons will be respectful of each other and return materials promptly when finished so that everyone may enjoy them.”

Lake Geneva Public Library Trustee Wen-D Kersten:
“Remove the threat of a library fine, and I believe many of our patrons and non-patrons will be more encouraged to take out a book and read at their leisure. Our purpose is not to penalize busy people with active lifestyles who might find it hard to make the date due deadline, but to help them continue their pursuit of lifelong learning by making the process more user-friendly.”

Fine-free collection materials are those items owned by the Lake Geneva Public Library, and checked out from the Lake Geneva Public Library. The only exceptions to this policy are interlibrary loan items requested from outside of the SHARE library system (overdue fees of $0.25/day), and WiFi hotspots and other specialty items owned by the Lake Geneva Public Library (overdue fees of $1/day apply). Library materials owned by other libraries may accrue overdue fines.

For more information about the Lake Geneva Public Library’s lending policies, please view our “Library Cards & Materials” policy or contact Library Director Emily Kornak at 262-249-5283.