Library News & Announcements

Library closed to the public until further notice

The Lake Geneva Public Library will close to the public starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This is a preventative measure against COVID-19 and a proactive step taken by the library board to slow the spread of the virus. There has been no known exposure to COVID-19 at the Lake Geneva Public Library at this time.

  • Due dates on all library materials will be extended until the library reopens. Our library is also fine free, and the due date extension will apply to WiFi hotspots, STEM kits, and all other special materials as well as books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and audiobooks.
  • If you need to contact us, please email us at or via our website:
  • Library materials that are not oversize or fragile may be returned in the library return drop next to our main entrance, but we encourage patrons to keep items until the library reopens.
  • Our Online Resources are available 24/7, and you can download ebooks and audiobooks, current and back issues of magazines, read newspapers (including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and New York Times), enroll in instructor-led Gale Courses, stream movies, and more.
  • We will update this page with a planned reopening date, as soon as we have determined that we can provide public access again safely.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy – we recommend following the Walworth County Health Dept. for updates and information. Let’s #FlattenTheCurve, everyone! Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Library Interior Renovation Project

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


Beachside Authorfest 2020

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 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.

Learn how to code with Vidcode!

Computer Science in Libraries

Vidcode works with libraries to help offer research-backed computer science and coding education for tweens and teens in their community.

Log in here with your library card number and PIN to get started!

Now available: Flipster! Downloadable digital magazines

Lake Geneva Public Library cardholders now have access to digital magazines in Flipster!

All you need is your library card number and PIN (contact us at 262-249-5299 if you need to find out or reset your PIN).

Log in here ->   

Getting started with Flipster

Flipster FAQs

Happy reading!

Streaming video service Kanopy now available for Lake Geneva Public Library & Barrett Memorial Library (Williams Bay) patrons

With Kanopy, Lake Geneva and Williams Bay Patrons Will Have Access to more than 30,000 Films, for Free


The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Barrett Memorial Library (Williams Bay) and Lake Geneva Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.


Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.


With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Lake Geneva and Williams Bay patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.


“We are excited to debut streaming video via your library card,” says Emily Kornak, director of the Lake Geneva Public Library. “Our patrons have been streaming more and more content at home, and it makes sense for us to expand our offerings accordingly. Kanopy’s selection complements our DVD collection and reflects the interests of many in our community, so I anticipate this will be a very popular service addition.”


“This is our first foray into offering streaming services for our cardholders,” says Joy Schnupp, director of Barrett Memorial Library. “We think they will be excited about this new service, and that they will especially enjoy the quality of selections. We frequently field requests for foreign language and indie films that are hard to find, so I expect this will be a huge hit.  I personally can’t wait to stream through the app on my Roku at home. As a reminder for those who may not have internet service, both libraries have mobile hotspots for checkout, so everyone will be able to give Kanopy a try.”


The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.


Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.


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 owned by the Lake Geneva Public Library (overdue fees of $1/day apply). Library materials owned by other libraries may accrue overdue fines of $0.25/day.

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.