Physical Building Open!

EXCITING NEWS!! The Germantown Community Library physical building is currently open for the following essential service:

  • Browsing of material on shelves
  • Picking up material placed on hold
  • Checking out material
  • Printing, photocopying and faxing
  • Internet and computer access
  • Individual use of seating areas and study rooms

The building is currently limited to 25% or 43 people. We recommend that patrons wear a mask, limit their stay to one hour per day, practice social distancing and stay home if exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. We encourage patrons to continue to use our Curbside Pickup and Library Express Bag services to provide contact-less options for obtaining library material.

Library hours are currently limited to the following:
  • Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Place holds on Germantown items if you would like to receive your holds as quickly as possible. Items from libraries in the Monarch Library System may take a lot longer than usual due to limited van delivery. Items from WISCAT through Interlibrary Loan are currently unavailable and we are not able to accept any requests at this time.

Thank you for you patience and understanding as we work through this process and continue to serve our community to the best of our ability.
What to Expect in the Children's Area

We have had to make a lot of temporary changes in the library to accommodate reopening guidelines provided by the Washington/Ozaukee Health Department and State of Wisconsin. Our Youth Services Librarian, Miss Jackie, took our storytime viewers on a virtual tour of the library so children and caregivers will know what to except when visiting the library. Tour starts at 17:00 into the video.
Check Your Due Dates
Most materials checked out before the pandemic started are due back by June 1. Need more time? Renew items through your online account at or contact us at (262) 253-7760.
Stay-at-Home Challenge
Enter to win 1 of 6 gift cards when you complete our "Stay-at-Home Challenge." Fill out a .pdf copy or complete the challenge online:

Thank you for helping us support local businesses! 

All entries will be due on Saturday, June 13.
Curbside Pickup Available by Appointment
Grab & Go Kits for kids are available on a first-come-first-serve basis on our item table when you pick up your items through our curbside service.
Each kit contains a craft or activity geared for kids
(watch for teen & adult kits coming soon!)
Don’t have a lot of time on your hands?
Not sure what to read next?
Looking for something new and different?

Fill out the form below and library staff will select the requested number of items for you based on your age and preferences. Items will be available within 72-hours.
Video Storytime
Join us for video storytimes via Facebook live every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Can't make it Live? No problem - you can always view the recording a few hours later on our Facebook page or click here to view our storytimes from the past 30 days.
Digital Resources Available with Your Library Card
Don't have a library card?

Sign-up up for a Germantown Community Library card online . You can start accessing Overdrive/Libby right away! A staff member will be in touch within 72-hours with an updated barcode number & pin that will allow you to access ALL of our digital material and online resources! You can stop by to pick up your physical card when we reopen.
Streaming Now Available!
Checkout unlimited 7-day passes for 7 different video streaming channels as well as digital magazine, and audiobooks from RB Digital
Our staff is working hard to create summer challenges for readers of all ages! Our program will look a little different this year, but we will still have reading logs, virtual programs, Grab & Go Kits & prizes!

We will have two options to choose from:
  • An online program through BeanStack
  • A paper log you can fill out and return to the library.
Virtual Art Show
With the library being closed during Art Month, not everyone got to experience what the art students from the Germantown School District worked so hard on! Here is a compilation of the work we had on display that you can enjoy from your home.
Support the Germantown Chamber & Local Businesses
Sign up for the Support Germantown Businesses 5K Run/Walk with the  Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce WI  ends Sunday, May 31!

With your sign-up you get a t-shirt & net proceeds go towards Germantown Businesses.
Stay Connected

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And thank you for continuing to support the library during this time by sharing & liking social media posts, using Curbside Pickup, accessing digital resources from home & visiting us at our phsyical building if you feel comfortable doing so. Please feel free to contact me or a staff member if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Trisha Smith, Library Director
(262) 253-7760, ext. 2005