How to get a library card
The Southwest Wisconsin Library System member public libraries in Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland Counties have agreed to use this system-wide card. It is also accepted by by a variety of Wisconsin public libraries as well. Iowa residents may apply for a Prairie du Chien Memorial Library card, but there will be a yearly fee, ask at the Library's circulation desk for more details.
Where to apply
Wisconsin residents may apply for a library card at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. Forms are available at the front desk of the Library. You will need a current driver’s license or state ID. Patrons 16 and under will need a parent/guardian signature, and the driver's license or state ID of the signer. Children must be six years old, or in 1st grade and able to sign their own names. Residents of other states may get a library card under certain circumstances; fees may apply.
Questions? Comments? Please contact the Library at 608-326-6211 or email the library director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a no fee for replacement of lost or stolen library cards, but please be sure to let us know if the card is lost or stolen. The Library reserves the right to charge for excessive card replacement requests.
Checking out materials
You will need to present your library card in order to check out library materials. You are responsible for any materials checked out on your library card. If you do not have your library card with you, we reserve the right to ask for another form of ID.
How many items can I check out?
There is no limit on the number of items you may check out with the exception of video games and DVD materials. There is a limit of 6 DVDs, 2 Launchpads, and 2 Playaway Views and 1 Video Game that may be checked out per household.
Where do I return my checked out items when you're closed?
Materials may be returned inside the library during our regularly scheduled open hours. The outside book drops are provided for your convenience, and can be used.
Where is the book drop?
One outside book drop is near the front door of the building. The back book drop is in the alley for drive-up convenience.
How do you know my books aren't overdue when I return them in the book drop?
We are fine free! We just ask that you renew them or return them!
May I return Prairie du Chien Memorial Library materials to another public library in the area?
Yes! Materials may be returned to other libraries within the Southwest Wisconsin Library System, and will be checked in at those libraries.
Fines, charges, and replacement costs
How much are overdue fines?
We are fine free!
Is there a grace period for overdue materials?
We ask that you renew your overdue items but the great news is that we are fine free!
What happens if I lose or damage a book?
You will be charged for any damage that occurs to the material while it is checked out to you, up to the cost of replacement. Lost items will be billed at the replacement cost of the item.
Do you charge for photocopies and printouts from the library's internet and word processing computers?
Yes, the library charges 25 cents per page for photocopies and printouts.
How many times can I renew library material?
Most material can be renewed twice, as long as no one else has requested it.
How do I renew an item?
You can renew an item online, in person, or over the phone! The online catalog is accessed by clicking the link for the Online Card Catalog from the Library's website, www.pdcpubliclibrary.org.
Can I renew an item without my card?
Yes, you can renew your items online, in person, or over the phone!
Is it possible to renew an item I got on interlibrary loan?
Materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan from a member library may be renewed if there is no other patron waiting for the item. Renewals are granted following the policies of the owning library. If the item was borrowed from outside the Southwest Wisconsin Library System, we may not be able to get permission to renew it. Just ask your friendly, local librarian for details.
Holds, reserves, and requests
What if what I am looking for is not in right now or you don't own it?
Requests for materials checked out to another person may be done in person at the circulation desk, over the phone, or from the online catalog. The online catalog lists materials held at 29 libraries and branches in the Southwest Wisconsin Library System.
Materials are delivered by van, currently Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When all materials have been checked in, we call patrons whose materials have arrived.
We provide services to our community!
Access to the Internet is provided free of charge. At this time, the Internet is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. We have PCs available; at present there is no time limit, but we may ask that patrons who have been on for more than half an hour, and are not working on a resume, job application, or other governmental or school function to give up their computer if there is a waiting line. We will also have laptops which may be checked out for use in the Library; as of January 2020, these are not yet available. You must have your library card or a valid driver's license to check out a laptop. Laptops may be used until the battery runs out; length of time may vary, and you may not check out a second laptop. Printing is available from both the PCs and the laptops as well as personal devices, and costs 25 cents per page.
We have free Wi-Fi for your personal device. Written parental permission needed for juvenile internet access.
Children under the age of 16 must have a signed parental permission slip on file in order to use the Internet without the presence of a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must come to the library to sign the form. The Parental Internet Permission slip will not be sent home with the child.
Storytime is Friday mornings at 10:00 am, but please check calendar page for changes. The schedule may change during the Summer Reading program.
Summer Library Program
The standard Summer Library Program is open to kids in the following categories: pre-kindergarten (birth to school age), entering kindergarten through 8th grade and 9th-12th grade. The performances and programs are open to all, young and old.
Join us this summer!
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Reading to your child from infancy is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them for school. Sign your child up for the 1000 Books program and get incentives and information!
Research - local history and genealogy
Check out our Archives Page for information on our resources for family and local history.
Applying for a job at the Library
Openings will be posted on Facebook, the website, and in the newspaper.