About the Wauwatosa Public Library

About Wauwatosa Public Library

The Wauwatosa Public Library was founded in 1886 and is the oldest suburban library in Milwaukee County. More than 100 years later, the library serves approximately 50,000 residents of Wauwatosa with a collection that includes newspapers and magazines, books, music and video recordings, art prints, sculpture, and audio books, as well as online subscriptions to databases on a variety of subjects.

Over 36,000 residents have a Wauwatosa Public Library card, and Wauwatosa is the highest circulating library in Milwaukee County.

The Wauwatosa Public Library also participates in MCFLS, a county-wide organization that includes all of the municipal libraries in Milwaukee County, and makes its materials and services available to all residents of Milwaukee County. Residents of Wauwatosa can use their Wauwatosa Public Library cards at any public library in Milwaukee County.

At Your Service

The library offers a range of programs and services for adults and children. The Information Desk is staffed by professional librarians who answer more than 100,000 reference questions annually in person, by email and by phone.

Wireless Internet access covers the entire 52,000 square foot building and computers are available for public use in the adult and children’s libraries. A copy machine and a public FAX machine are available in the adult library.

The Library also offers a variety of meeting room spaces.

Events and Happenings

Educational programs, book discussion groups, poetry readings and author/book signings are offered throughout the year for adults. The Children’s Library provides story hours, classroom visits and other special events for families. On our first floor, the Firefly Gallery features shows of local artists’ works. Dates and times for all library events are available on the library’s Kid’s Calendar and Adult Calendar, and users may also sign up to receive the electronic version of our bi-monthly hard-copy calendar.