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Any Wisconsin resident is eligible for a library card. Photo ID and proof of address are required; if your current address does not match the address on your photo ID, you must also show proof of current address (a utility bill, personal check, or recently postmarked piece of mail).

Only a parent or guardian may apply for a library card on behalf of a child; the child must be present. Those 16 years and older may apply for their own card.

You will need a valid library card to download and stream ebooks, e-audiobooks, music, TV shows, movies, comics, and more. Feel free to bring your device to the library for assistance with creating accounts and borrowing electronic materials.

Using Libby and Overdrive

The Libby and Overdrive apps both provide access to the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium of ebooks and e-audiobooks. Libby is the newest version of this app – we recommend trying Libby first! If you’re using a Kindle product or PC, the classic version, Overdrive, will likely work better for you. Search the app store in your smartphone or tablet for Libby (or Overdrive) and follow the registration and log-in instructions – remember, you’ll need a valid library card and PIN.

Using Hoopla

The Hoopla app allows users to instantly stream and view ebooks, e-audiobooks, music, TV shows, movies, and comics – no holds lists or wait time! Download the Hoopla app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit to create an account with your library card, PIN, and email address. Farnsworth Public Library patrons are allowed to stream four items from Hoopla every calendar month.

Your library card will expire on your birthday each year. Please visit, call, or email the Library to confirm your contact information and renew your card for another year.

Please visit, call, or email the Library to change your PIN or add one to your account.

You can also change your PIN when you visit our InfoSoup online catalog:

  1. In the left navigation, click on “Library PIN.”​ This catalog only uses numbers. PINs should be a combination of 4-6 numbers.​
  2. For security purposes, you will be asked to enter your current library PIN. If this is the first time changing your PIN, the original pin defaults to your birthday in MMDDYY format. If you forget your PIN, please contact the library for assistance. ​
  3. Once you’ve completed all fields, click Save.

You can place a hold on any item in our catalog when you log into your Infosoup account. After searching for your desired item, click “Place Hold”, choose your pickup location, and click “Submit Hold.”

You can also visit the library or call or email us and a librarian will be happy to add holds to your account for you.

You can renew items you have checked out UNLESS there are additional holds on them. To renew items:

  • Log in to your Infosoup account.
  • Once logged into your account, you can either click the down arrow next to your name and click the Holds link under Account Activity – or simply click on your name and click on Account Activity. ​
  • Click on the Loans option.​
  • To Renew an item, click the “Renew Loan” button, then click “OK.” You will then see an update on the “Due” and “Renewals To Date” fields.​

You can also visit the library or call or email us and a librarian will be happy to help you renew your items.

You will need an active library card and a PIN to log into our public access computers. If you do not have a library card with us, please present a valid photo ID and we will issue you a visitor pass. Printing costs are $0.10 per black and white page and $0.75 per color page.

Our Bond Meeting Room on the 2nd floor can accommodate 40 people and may be rented for $5.00 per hour. Our smaller meeting room on the 4th floor can accommodate 10 people and may be rented for $2.50 per hour. Please read our Meeting Room Policy & Contract for more details on renting these rooms, or call or email the Library.

Individuals and certain non-profit groups can generally use these rooms free of charge for study and other purposes; please contact the Library for details.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Farnsworth Public Library! We rely on the generosity of our patrons, Friends, and the business and non-profit community to help us maintain a high level of service to our community.

Donations – Monetary

We gratefully accept monetary donations in any amount, as do the Friends of Farnsworth Public Library. If you have a particular purpose in mind for your donation or would like it to be in the name of a specific person or group, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. Monetary donations over $100 can be acknowledged with a personalized “book” on our donation plaque.

Donations – Items

The Library accepts donations of new or gently used books and media materials, as well as items like craft and office supplies and postage stamps. Please, no damaged or soiled items; Reader’s Digest condensed books; textbooks; encyclopedias; or magazines older than three years.

Frequently Asked Donation Questions:

Q: If you don’t add my books to the collection, will I get them back?
A: Materials donated to the Library must be unconditional and they are non-returnable.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Donations may be tax deductible. Library staff cannot determine the value of a donation for tax purposes. We will provide a form acknowledging the donation you made to the Library.

Q: What does Farnsworth Public Library do with donations?
A: Donations may be added to the collection or sold at a fundraiser. Many items are given to the Friends of Farnsworth Library and then sold at their book sales. The Friends generously donate the proceeds back to the Library to fund classes, events, and other Library needs.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Farnsworth Public Library! We are pleased to offer volunteer opportunities to adults and students in grades 5-12. The type of work done will be dependent on the volunteer’s interests and abilities as well as the Library’s needs. Possibilities include light administrative work, preparing crafts and activities for upcoming classes and events, shelving library items, light cleaning, etc.

If you have a special talent or information you’d like to share with the community and are interested in leading a program, let us know! We are always looking for new ideas for classes and events for children, teens, and adults.

All adult volunteers will be required to fill out a Volunteer Application. Students in grades 5-12 will need the written consent of a parent or legal guardian and a completed Tween/Teen Volunteer Application. All volunteer applications must include a signed Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.

For as little as $5 (single membership) or $10 (family membership) every year, you can consider yourself a Friend of Farnsworth Public Library. Simply drop off the application form and cash or check (payable to The Friends of Farnsworth Library) at the Library. You can also find application forms at the Library’s circulation and reference desks.