About Us

At the New Lisbon Memorial Library our mission is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful and businesslike.


Caricature of Library Director Deanna

Library Director


Caricature of Youth services librarian Cortney

Assistant Librarian / Youth Services


Caricature of Technical Services Phil

Technical Services / Library Assistant


Library Board Members

  • Morgan Reichhoff
  • Kristen Wolf
  • Linda Balgord-Fenton
  • Liz Walker
  • Gary Schroeder
  • Tami Keating
  • Brooke Bunker


Library Cards

All Wisconsin Residents are eligible for a free library card, which allows patrons to check out library materials. Obtaining a library card is easy: All you need is a Wisconsin photo ID and proof of address (like a utility bill or rental agreement with your name and address on it).  Children enrolled in New Lisbon Elementary school, pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, are automatically signed up for library privileges with a parent’s permission and signature at the beginning of each school year.

Interlibrary Loans

There are over 30 Libraries in the Winding Rivers Library System, and patrons can make requests from any of them.  You can  search for and request items from the comfort of your own home.  All you need is your library card barcode, your pin number, and Internet access.

1.  Find “Search the WRLSWEB Catalog” on the right side of the library’s home page.

2.  Enter a title, author, or subject.  Click on “Submit”.

3.  Search through the results.  Click on items of interest to learn more about them.

4.  Click on “Request Item”.  Enter your barcode and pin number (last 4 digits of your phone number).  Follow prompts to finish making request.

Requested items are delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  When the items come in to our library we will contact you and let you know.  If you would like help requesting items, we will be happy to help you!

Extended Search Through WISCAT

If you do not find the item you are looking for in our library system, the librarians are happy to help you extend your search to other libraries in Wisconsin and beyond.  Please contact the library (608-562-3213) for assistance.


We have nine computers available for patron use.  WiFi is always available! Children under the age of 18 must have a permission slip signed before they are allowed to use computers. Patrons are allowed 1 hour time slots for computer use; however, if no one is waiting, their usage time may be extended. Black and white printouts are 15 cents per page, and color printouts are 25 cents.

Fax Machine

We have a fax machine available for outgoing faxes ($1.00 per page) or incoming faxes ($1.00 per page).

Copy Machine

Black and white copies cost 15 cents per page, and color copies are 25 cents per page.


The library offers two scanners, one flatbed scanner for patron use, and one multi-page scanner that can send documents directly to an email address, which a librarian can assist you with.

Visual Magnifier

In order to offer assistance to those who are visually impaired, we have a visual magnifier available.

The Gallery

Clicking on this text will take you to our Gallery area which features the Harry A. Mortensen collection of Native American artifacts.

Homebound Delivery

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Wi-Fi Hotspot available for checkout!

NEW: A Wi-Fi hotspot is now available for checkout! Call ahead for details and availability (608) 562-3213

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?

All you need is a photo ID and proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it). Takes about 5 minutes and . . . voila!!

What if my books are due and I can’t get in to return them?

You can call the library anytime to renew your items.  If the items are on hold for someone else, we are not able to renew them.

Can I return books from another library to New Lisbon Library?

Yes, as long as they are from a Library in the Winding Rivers Library System.

Can I place holds on items from my home computer?

Absolutely! Just follow this link to the Winding Rivers Catalog and click the login button in the top right of the page.  You will need your library barcode and pin number to log in so that you’re able to place or view your holds.

What is the Winding Rivers Library System?

The following libraries make up the Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS):

Alma, Arcadia, Bangor, Black River Falls, Blair, Cashton, Coon Valley, DeSoto, Elroy, Ettrick, Galesville, Hillsboro, Holmen, La Crosse, Independence, Kendall, Lafarge, Mauston, Mondovi, Necedah, New Lisbon, Norwalk, Onalaska, Ontario, Osseo, Readstown, Sparta, Strum, Taylor, Trempeleau, Viroqua, West Salem, Westby, Whitehall, Wilton, and Wonewoc.

If you are looking for an item and we don’t have it at this library, we can find it for you.  The WRLS has a program called Inter-Library Loans, which allows you to order a book from any of the member libraries (if it’s available).  We’ll contact you when your item is here, and you can pick it up from and return it to this library!

How long does it take to receive an item that I put on hold?

It depends on how many copies of the item are in the system and how many holds have been placed on it.  Materials are delivered every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, except for holidays.  It could take as little as a day or as much as a month for items that are in demand.

What is my pin number?

Your pin is usually the last four digits of your phone number.  If those numbers do not work, contact your library and we can change it for you.

Can the library keep a history of what I’ve read in the past?

No.  The library cannot keep track of your reading history for confidentiality reasons.  By logging in to your account, however, you are able to keep track of your own past checkouts.  Click on your name in upper right corner, click on “Reading History,” and click “Save Reading History.”  Let us know if you would like help!

What else does the library offer besides books?

We have audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, 9 public use computers, a black-and-white and color printer, copy machine, fax machine, magazines, Chromebooks, blood pressure testing kits, and a wonderful collection of Native American artifacts for public viewing.

For kids, we also have educational and sensory toys, foam and wooden blocks, board games, and more.  We have many children’s activities throughout the year, including story times and our fun-filled Summer Reading Program!

Can anyone use the internet at the Library?

Anyone over the age of 18 with a library card may use the internet. Children under the age of 18 must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian.  The same also applies with movies, IPads, and Chromebooks.

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