About the Library

Get information about the Village of New Glarus.

The New Glarus Public Library was established in 1934 to serve the educational, cultural, and entertainment needs of the greater New Glarus community.  The library welcomes and serves all people, no matter what their background, age, or economic status is.  Although a municipal library, the New Glarus Public Library also serves patrons who live beyond the village limits – including residents of the Town of New Glarus, other townships within Green County, and residents living throughout the South Central Library System area, and persons living in other areas of Wisconsin.


Library Staff:

Director: Holly Lague (holly@ngpl.org)

Assistant Director: Erica Loeffelholtz (erica@ngpl.org)

Youth Services: Brooke Mathews (brooke@ngpl.org)

Clerks: Amy Trumble (amy@ngpl.org), Brenda Massei (brenda@ngpl.org)

Pages: Peggy Hammerly, Gwen Thelen, Alayna Lewis


Please view our Strategic Plan and the Environmental Scan.


Check it out!

  • Books for all ages
  • Magazines
  • Music CDs
  • Books on CD
  • DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Large Print Books
  • Magnification Devices
  • Watt meters


Use Your Library!

  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Preschool story times
  • Mini Makers craft and activity events
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
  • Summer Library Program
  • Public access computers
  • Exam proctoring (please contact the library at least a week in advance to schedule an exam.)
  • Photocopying (20 cents per page for black & white; 50 cents per page for color)
  • Free document scanning
  • State job listings
  • Tax forms
  • Newspapers
  • Local genealogy & history materials
  • Adult programming
  • In-house reference service
  • Children's interactive computer table
  • Word processing computer
  • Microfilm machine (We have microfilm of the New Glarus Post dating back to 1915)
  • Donated magazine exchange
  • Greeting card exchange
  • Homebound Delivery Service


Your Library Card

  • Driver's license or other photo ID with proof of current address required.
  • Under 18: parent or guardian signature required.  The signing parent must also have an SCLS library card in good standing before we can issue a juvenile card.
  • Cards honored at all Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk & Wood County Public Libraries & beyond.
  • Lost cards cost $1 to replace.

Teacher Cards

  • Teachers who already have an SCLS library card in good standing are also eligible to apply for a teacher card.
  • School ID required.
  • Teacher cards allow you to check out materials for use in the classroom.  These materials do not accrue overdue fines, though fees for lost or damaged items still apply.
  • Request multiple copies of titles for classroom study.
  • Teacher cards are good for one year, and may be renewed at the start of each new school year.

Web-Only Cards for Students

  • Students in middle and high school who do not already have an SCLS library card may apply for a web-only student card.
  • These cards allow access to our online databases, as well as allowing check-out of digital items through OverDrive.
  • Web-only cards can not be used to check out physical library materials. 
  • For more information, ask Erica.

Loan Periods for Equipment

  • Watt Meter—2 weeks
  • Magnification Devices - 2 weeks

Return of Library Materials

  • Materials may be returned at New Glarus Public Library, or at any other public library in Green, Dane, Sauk or Columbia County.
  • An outside book drop is provided for the return of materials outside of library hours.  All library items, including DVDs and CDs, may be returned in the outdoor book drop.
  • Materials returned after hours will not be checked in until the following work day.

Due Dates, Fines, Policies

  Checkout Overdue Fines Renewals

4 weeks

(New Adult Fiction: 2 weeks)

10¢/day Yes (if no waiting list)
DVDs 1 week $1/day Yes (if no waiting list)
Magazines 2 weeks 10¢/day Yes (if no waiting list)
Books on CD 4 weeks 10¢/day Yes (if no waiting list)
Software & Video Games 2 weeks 10¢/day Yes (if no waiting list)
Music CDs 2 weeks 10¢/day Yes (if no waiting list)

Library Card is required for checkout.
If your card is lost, notify the library right away.
Do not allow others to use your card.

  • Most items may be renewed if they are not needed by another patron. Renewals may be made by phone, in person, or on-line.
  • Holds may be placed by phone, in person, or on-line.
  • We do not limit the number of items a patron may check out, but no patron can have more than 100 items checked out on his or her card.
  • Overdue fines may be paid with cash or check.  (We do charge a $30 fee for all NSF checks.)
  • Fines greater than $10 may be paid by credit or debit card using our online fine payment option.

Overdue Notices

Overdue notices are sent out when material is 14 days overdue; a second notice is sent out when items are 28 days overdue.

Interlibrary Loan

The library has direct access to the holdings of the other South Central Library System libraries, with delivery of materials to and from system libraries. An additional extensive interlibrary loan network expands our library's ability to access the materials you need.


Contributions, memorials and gifts are always needed and very much appreciated. Contact the library for more information.