Besides a large collection of books and media, your South Milwaukee Public Library offers a variety of other services.
- Computer and Internet Access: We have nine computer stations in the adult area and four in the children’s area. These computers are free to use; a valid Milwaukee County library card is required to log in. All computers have internet access and word processing capabilities and are printing-ready (15¢ per page for black and white prints, 50¢ per page for color prints). Children must have a permission form signed by a parent on file in order to use a public computer.
- WiFi: Free WiFi is available throughout the building. There is no password needed.
- Inter-Library Loan: Inter-library loan service is available to obtain some materials not available within the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. You must have a valid, fine-free Milwaukee County library card to use this service.
- Catalog Computers: Three catalog computers are available for use to see if an item is available and to place holds on items.
- Notary: We offer a free notary service for individuals whenever a notary is on staff. Be sure to call ahead to see if a notary is available when you plan to visit! Please note: Notaries are allowed to deny a notarization request if the document is incomplete, the signer does not understand what is being notarized, they suspect the document will be used for illegal purposes, or if the notary is not familiar with or is uncomfortable with what is being notarized.
- Exam Proctoring: Our librarians are happy to proctor an exam for you. Be sure to contact us seven days in advance for availability.
- Study Rooms: We have three small study rooms available on a first come, first served basis. Study rooms fit 1-2 people.
- Meeting Rooms: Local organizations and clubs can use our meeting rooms free of charge. Groups must have an application on file and must reserve the room at least three days in advance. The rooms are available during regular library hours and must be vacated 15 minutes prior to closing. They are not available for showers, birthday parties, demonstrations, etc. Click for meeting room application and policy. Please email to SMPL.Ref@mcfls.org.
- Display Cases: Two display cases are available. If you are interested in displaying your hobby or collection, please contact us.
- Programming: We offer a variety of children’s, teen, and adult programs throughout the year. Check our calendar for the latest offerings!
- Newspapers: The library receives the following publications for in-house use: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, IBD Weekly, Barron’s, and Daily Reporter. Ask at the desk for back issues.
- Organization Cards: If you are a business, day care, or nursing home in South Milwaukee, you are eligible for a free organization library card to use the South Milwaukee Public Library. See the staff at the desk for more information.
At this time, we are only able to accept cash for these services.
- Copies: The cost for copies is 15¢ per page for black and white, and 50¢ for color.
- Faxes: We are able to send faxes for you at the desk for $1.00 per page.
- Printing (with valid MCFLS library card if Milwaukee County resident): The cost for printed pages from our public computers is 15¢ per page for black and white, and 50¢ for color.
- Scan to Email or Flash Drive: You can scan a document or image to an email or flash drive for 15¢ per page.
- Book Nook Book Sale: Items available on our “Book Nook” shelf are $1.00 each unless marked. This sale is available whenever the library is open.
- Semi-Annual Basement Book Sale: We have two large book sales twice a year, sponsored by the Friends of the South Milwaukee Library. Most items are $1.00 or less.
- Flash Drives: Flash drives are available for purchase at the reference desk for $5.00 each.
Apps and Technological Services
- CountyCat Website & App: Access your library account from home and on the go with the CountyCat website and mobile app! On CountyCat, you can view your checked out materials, place holds on items, pay fines, and renew materials. A new and improved app will go live on December 16. Please uninstall the old CountyCat Mobile app. For more information on this change, please click here.
- Libby: Libby is an app by Overdrive that allows you to check out a variety of e-books and e-audiobooks from the library. See the reference desk if you need help signing up for this app.
- Overdrive: Use Overdrive to download e-books and audiobooks from the library to your device. See the reference desk if you need help signing up for this service.
- Hoopla: Hoopla allows you to check out up to four digital items per month on an easy-to-use digital platform. Download the Hoopla app to your device or use Hoopla on your computer. Hoopla offers e-books, e-audiobooks, graphic novels, music, and more. See the reference desk if you need help signing up for this service.
- RBDigital: RBDigital allows you to download copies of popular magazines. Use RBDigital on your device or computer. See the reference desk if you need help accessing this service.
- Gale Courses: Check out Gale Courses for a variety of online courses in business, technology, and more. Sign up for these courses online; start here!
- Database Access: With a Milwaukee County library card, you have access to a number of online databases. Check out these databases here!
- Ancestry: One of the databases you have access to with a library card is Ancestry. Use this site to dig into your family history! This website is only available in-house at the library; sign onto a public computer for access.
- Sign Up for Text or Email Notices: Get e-mail or text reminders when items are available to pick up or coming due. Ask for e-mail notifications the next time you’re in the library. Text the word SIGNUP to (833) 568-6639 and follow the instructions to sign up for text notices. For more information, please click here. PLEASE NOTE: There is no fee for the text service, but your mobile service provider’s regular text-messaging rates may apply.
- Reference: Reference staff is available whenever the library is open (except for approximately one hour on Saturday due to lunch breaks) to assist you with ordering items, finding materials, printing and copying, research, digital resources, and more. (Please remember that while we may be able to assist with computers questions, basic computer knowledge is required to use our public computers.)
- Readers’ Advisory: Looking for something different to read? At a loss as to what title to pick up next? Ask a reference librarian for recommendations!
- Children’s Reference: A staff member is always present in the children’s room whenever the library is open. We are happy to help with book recommendations, finding materials, providing information on programs, and more.