Library Services Update

September 2021

Patrons may visit to browse, use computers, and access other services during open hours without an appointment.  Based on updated CDC guidance, the City of Altoona now requires masks in all public buildings, including Altoona Public Library.  We have free masks available at the Circulation Desk upon request.  Any changes to this policy will be advertised as warranted.  Customers are encouraged to keep their visits as brief as possible.

Holds Pickup

Grab and Go appointments have ended, and the holdshelf has been moved back to the public area for self-service.  Items on the holdshelf have not yet been checked out.  Patrons must bring a library card and use our self-check machines or have staff assist them in checking out items before leaving the library.  

Items are arranged by ID code.  Your ID code is the first two letters of your last name followed by the first two letters of your first name, plus the last four digits of your telephone number.  (example: SMJO1234 for John Smith).

Why does the library look so different?

Plexiglass guards are installed at the Circulation Desk.  Hand sanitizer is available upon entering and throughout the library.  In-person programming and group meetings or gatherings are not allowed at this time.  If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed, please do not enter the library.

What about returns?

If you have materials to return, our return drop box is open, and special lidded bins are available to accept returns inside the library during open hours.

Patrons will be charged for any damaged or lost returns left outside the book drop or any location other than in the return receptacles.  Returns must be placed by patrons into receptacles (not handed to staff).  

How To Request Items for Pickup at Altoona

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Requesting Materials from the More Online Catalog

Here’s the best way to find and request things to pick up from Altoona:

  1. Go to the MORE Catalog: and log in
  2. Enter a search term (remember, “movies” and “books” are valid keyword search terms)
  3. Select the “Available Now” filter on the left side to expand it
  4. Select Altoona as the pickup library
  5. Search results will be limited to titles available and holdable at Altoona
    Tip: to exclude ebooks and audiobooks, open the “Titles I can…” filter and select “Borrow and take home”
  6. Select “Place a Hold” and verify your pickup library is Altoona
    Tip: Turn on “Active Filters” so subsequent searches retain limits


Monday 9am-8pm
Tuesday 9am-8pm
Wednesday 9am-8pm
Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday: Closed

Contact Us

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Avenue
Altoona, WI 54720


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