Wauwatosa Public Library
Loan Periods/Returns/Renewals

These apply to Wauwatosa Public Library materials. Materials belonging to other libraries may have different loan rules, even though they are checked out at Wauwatosa.

Loan Periods


New Adult Fiction
… 14 days
Other Adult Books
… 21 days
Children’s Books
… 21 days
Audio Books
… 21 days

New Adult Fiction


DVDs and Videocassettes

Music CDs

Art Reproductions/Sculpture


Items may be renewed once if they have not been requested by another patron, but see the note below for exceptions.

Renew in one of these ways:

Please Note: DVDs, videocassettes, and new adult fiction books may not be renewed.


During open hours, most items should be returned through the automated return slot behind the Circulation Desk. Be sure to place only one item at a time in the slot, as Wauwatosa items (and those of a few other libraries) are checked in automatically while passing through it. Placing more than one item at a time in the slots can interfere with check-in.

There are also return slots on the outside of the building east of the library entrance. These may be used for all materials except art reproductions and sculpture and are available 24 hours.