Library Services

Library Cards

How do I get a library card?
Visit the library to sign up for a library card. Free library cards are available to all Wisconsin residents. When applying for a card at the library, make sure to bring a photo ID and proof of your current address such as a driver’s license, state ID, apartment lease, or a utility bill showing your name and address. Children under the age of 18 need a parent or guardian’s signature to get a library card. The parent or guardian must be present. We have no age limit for library cards; you may get your child a library card whenever you feel your child is ready.

Where can I use my card?
Altoona Public Library is part of the MORE Library Consortium. You can use your library card at any of the 49 MORE libraries. You can also use your library card to request books from other MORE libraries using the MORE online catalog, and have them sent to Altoona to pick up.

What can I do with my library card?
Your library card gives you access to a variety of resources. Your card can be used to check out physical materials from any MORE library, to check out ebooks and other digital materials online, to access public computers at the library, and to access valuable research materials available through the state of Wisconsin.

How do I access my library card account?
To view materials you have checked out on your library card, request materials, pay fines, or renew items, you can access your account by going to the MORE library catalog. Click on My Account and log in using your name and library card number. For more information about how to use your account, click here.

What if I lose my library card?
Please contact us right away if you realize you’ve lost your library card. You may get a replacement card for $1.00.

Borrowing Materials

Your library card gives you the ability to borrow both physical and digital materials from our library and other libraries in the MORE library consortium.  When you sign your library card application, you agree to take good care of library materials and to return them on time.

Where can I check out library materials?
You can check out materials from Altoona Public Library, as well as any of the 49 MORE libraries.  For a list of libraries, click here.  You can check out e-books and e-audiobooks from anywhere with wifi. For more about our digital downloads, click here

Where can I return materials?
You can return materials at any MORE library.  We have a dropbox at the ciculation desk for you to return library materials, as well as an outside dropbox if you are dropping materials off after hours.  Our outside dropbox is located in the front of the building near the bike rack.  You may also return materials at any of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library dropboxes located at several businesses around Eau Claire.

Please do not place DVDs or CDs in the outside drop box as it could result in damage that you would be responsible for.

What if I lose or damage an item?
If materials are not returned on time,  two overdue notices will be sent, followed by a replacement bill including a processing fee.  If an item belonging to Altoona Public Library is damaged and determined by the director of the library to be unfit to circulate, you will be charged for the replacement of the item.  If the item is from another MORE library, the item will be sent back to the library and you will be billed at that library’s discretion.

Can I get reminders to return an item?
Yes!  We provide a service called Library Elf to help you keep track of your library materials.  To learn more and to sign up, click here.

How long can I keep library materials?
Loan periods for Altoona Public Library items are listed in the chart below.  Please keep in mind that not all MORE libraries have the same loan periods. If you checked out another library’s item, their loan periods apply.

What are the late fees?
Late fees for Altoona Public Library items are listed below.  Please keep in mind that not all MORE libraries have the same late fees.   If you have checked out another library’s item, their late fees apply.

Altoona Public Library Loan Periods and Late Fees

Lucky Day DVDs 3 days $1.00 per day
Lucky Day books and audiobooks 7 days $.50 per day
ILL materials (regardless of format) 3 weeks $.50 per day
Kindles 2 weeks $.10 per day
iPads 2 hours in-house $1.00 per 15 mins. overdue

Downloads & Digital Collections

We have e-books and other media for you to download right to your e-reader, tablet or computer — and you can do it all from home with your library card!

E-books, e-audiobooks and streaming video from Overdrive: Download e-books and e-audiobooks and stream video from Wisconsin’s Digital Library using Overdrive.

Step-by-step guide with screen shots: Apple devices | Classic Kindles or Paperwhite Kindle | Kindle Fire coming soon | Android tablets coming soon

E-books from Freading: Downloadable e-books with no holds or waiting periods.

The River Falls Public Library has created an excellent webpage with instructions on how to access books from Overdrive and Freading on a number of different devices. View these instructions on their website.

Children’s books in your browser from Tumblebook Library: Read along with a selection of kids’ picture books and chapter books in your computer’s browser. The Tumblebook Library features books for multiple grade levels and in several different languages. Get started.

Looking to try out an e-reader?

We have several Kindles and a Nook Color available for you to check out and take home. We also have two iPads available to check out for use in the library.

 

Computers & WiFi

Public Computers
At the library, we have six public computers available for you to use to access the internet and use Microsoft Office software including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. To use a computer, all you need is your library card. You may use the computer for up to one hour. If no one is waiting for a computer, we may be able to extend your time for you. When signing on to our computers, you agree to follow our Internet & Computer Use Policy. Users under the age of 16 to have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian on file in order to use the computers.

Wifi
We offer free wireless internet in the library. You can hook up to our wifi using your own device, or with one of our in-house iPads.

Headphones
We have several pairs of headphones available for use in the library on our public computers or on your own device. Just ask a library staff member if you’d like to use them.

Early Literacy Computer Station
We have an AWE Early Literacy Computer in our children’s section for kids ages 2-11. It has a variety of educational touch screen games in different subject areas including reading, writing, science, geography, math and art. Just ask a library staff member for the log in to start your 20 minute session with your child.

Need help?
Our library staff can offer limited help with logging on to the computer, accessing the internet, printing documents, and other quick questions. If you’d like more extensive help with a computer, your laptop, a tablet, or e-reader, sign up for an appointment during our One-on-one Technology Help sessions on Thursday afternoons. You can call or visit the library to sign up for an appointment. These appointments are usually held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, but if you are unavailable during that time, contact us and we’ll try to find a time that works for you. Keep your eye on our calendar for upcoming technology classes.

Basic technology help and tutorials

GCF Learnfree.org offers free learning opportunities for technology, reading, math, careers, and other topics. To find technology tutorials, click on the blue “Technology” box on the home page. Learn about topics such as computer basics, internet safety, using email, and using social media.

DigitalLearn.org also offers free technology tutorials. Clikc on the purple “Learn” button on the home page. There you will find short lessons on a variety of topics including using a PC, using a Mac, navigating websites, using Microsoft Word, and creating a resume, as well as several lessons in Spanish.

We also offer book and online resources for using computers and software. Just ask us to help you find what you are looking for.

Printing, Scanning & Faxing

Printing & Copying
Black and white (B&W) or color printing is available from any of our six public computers. Your pages will print at the copy machine, and cost $.10 a page for B&W and $.25 for color. We also have a copy machine available for public use, which can make single-sided, double-sided, or oversized (legal and 11×17) B&W or color copies. The copy machine also costs $.10 a page for B&W and $.25 for color.

Scanning
The library has a scanner for public use. Using our copier, you can scan to a flash drive or to an email address. Our scanner is self-serve, but library staff is happy to assist you with this service. Scanning is free.

Faxing
Local and long-distance faxing is available at the library. We charge $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for pages after that. No international fax transmissions are allowed. The FedEx Office in Eau Claire (3424 Oakwood Hills Pkwy; 715-839-0212) offers international faxing.

Interlibrary Loan

If you’re looking for an item, we’ll do our best to get it for you even if we don’t have it!

Get materials available in our library system through the MORE Catalog
We are part of the MORE Library Consortium with 49 other libraries. You can search for items using the MORE catalog from home, on your mobile device or here at the library. If you find what you’re looking for and we don’t have it, you can place a request and that item will be sent to Altoona for you to pick up. For information on how to request an item in the MORE catalog, click here. You can also call us or visit us for help requesting your item.

Interlibrary Loan through WISCAT
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the MORE catalog, we can try to look elsewhere in the state for you using a statewide catalog called WISCAT. You can call or visit the library to place a request from outside of our library consortium. If you’d like to search WISCAT yourself, click here. You can print the information you find, bring it to the library, and our interlibrary loan librarian will put in the request for you. Sometimes interlibrary loan items can take longer to arrive than items coming from our catalog because they take a little longer to process and sometimes come from quite a distance. We’ll do our best to get you what you’re looking for as quickly as possible!

Accessibility

Wheelchair and Walker
We have a wheelchair and walker available for patrons who need assitance getting around the library.

Technology
We have a large trackball mouse and a large print keyboard to assist with technology usage. These items are located near our public computers. Please ask if you need assistance.

Homebound Library Service
We have a homebound library service for Altoona residents who cannot physically access the library. Through this program, we can deliver books, movies, magazines and other library materials to you every 3-4 weeks. We will meet with you to learn about your genre preferences, favorite authors, and any special needs. Please contact the library if you are interested in this service. You may call 715-839-5029 or email us as altoonapl@altoonapubliclibrary.org.

Tax Forms

During tax season, the library offers tax forms for patrons.  This year, we will carry the follwing:

State Forms: 

Form 1NPR – Instructions – Nonresident & Part-Year Resident Income Tax Form
Form 1NPR – Nonresident & Part-Year Resident Income Tax Form
Form 1 – Instructions
Form 1 – Tax Form
Schedule H/H-EZ – Homestead Credit w/Instruction Booklet (including Rent Certificate)
Schdule WD – Instructions – Capital Gains and Losses
Schedule WD – Capital Gains and Losses – Form 1
Forms 1A and WI-Z – Instructions
Form 1A – Tax Form
Form WI-Z – Tax Form

Federal Forms: The IRS has greatly reduced the number of forms they are sending out to libraries.  This year they will not be sending out any instruction booklets and only the major forms.  We will carry:

Form 1040
Form 1040A
Form 1040EZ

If you would like to order paper forms directly from the IRS to be mailed to you, you can do so by visiting http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs/Order-Products.  You can also call 1-800-829-3676 to order paper forms and booklets.  To download and print your own forms, you can visit http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs Click on “Current Forms & Pubs” to find 2016 forms.  You can print or copy forms here at the library.  We will make one copy of forms free of charge.  You will have to pay $.10 per page for instruction booklets or additional copies of forms.  When federal forms arrive, we will have a copy of the booklet for your reference. 

Hours

Walk-ins are not allowed.  Please call (715) 839-5029 to make an appointment.

Contact Us

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Avenue
Altoona, WI 54720

715-839-5029

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