About the River Falls Public Library
140 Union Street, River Falls WI 54022 (715) 425-0905
M-Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm (Closed Jun-Aug)
|Bookdrops||Lost or damaged materials|
|Check-out times (Loan periods)||Magazines|
|Closed for holidays||Maps of the library|
|Computer classes||Meeting Room|
|Computers||News, Events and Displays|
|Directions & Maps to the Library||Newspapers|
|Equipment to check out||Photocopies|
|Fines||Printing & Remote Printing|
|Gallery (in the Lower Level)||Programs|
|How to get a library card||Storytime|
|Interlibrary loan||Taxes - Income Tax Information|
|Library Board||WiFi (wireless) access|
|Library Foundation||Wireless & web-based printing|
Any Wisconsin resident is eligible for a library card. Visit the library with proof of your current residential street address with 1) a Wisconsin driver’s license or photo ID with your current address or 2) a photo ID and something else that shows your current local street address such as mail, bills, a lease, paycheck, etc. If you are a UWRF student, you must also have your UWRF student ID.
You must have your library card to check-out library materials. If you do not have your library card, you can use a current photo ID to check-out one time. You may not check-out library materials without a library card or photo ID. There is a $2.00 replacement charge for lost or destroyed library cards.
Library cards are renewed annually. PLEASE DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR CARD!!! We update them once a year. Children under 18 years of age must have a legal guardian's signature on their registration card.
|Material type||Check out
|Books||3 weeks||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Audio tapes||3 weeks||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Puppet and book||3 weeks||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Software||3 weeks||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Compact disks||3 weeks||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Magazines||1 week||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Pamphlets||1 week||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Videos||1 week||Yes, once||$1.00|
|DVDs||1 week||Yes, once||$1.00|
|Video games||1 week||Yes, once||$1.00|
|History Room Books||1 week||Yes, twice||$.10|
|Equipment||2 days or 1 week||No||$1.00|
Materials must be returned by closing time on the day they are due or a fine will be charged. There is a video drop on the Union (north) side of the building but please note that fines will accrue if materials are returned after closing.
No renewals on materials that have a hold or are on the reserve list!
$2.00 charge for slight damage.
100% replacement cost for materials that are lost or destroyed that are still in print.
A minimum of $10.00 will be charged for materials that are out of print.
We've got connections! Materials not held by the River Falls Public Library or the other MORE libraries may be available from another library. Ask for a request form at the Circulation Desk.
The library does accept donations of materials that are clean and in good conditions. Donated items become the property of the River Falls Public Library. The library reserves the right to distribute, use, or dispose of donated materials.
The River Falls Public Library reserves the right to NOT accept donations for any reason.
The library does NOT accept old sets of encyclopedias, old magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or textbooks.
A Summer Reading program is held June – July for pre-school to Grade 5 children. Information about the program is listed in the Parks & Recreation Department summer bulletin. Flyers regarding the program are sent home from school in May.
Other programs are held at different times throughout the year. Information will be posted in the library and in the Library Notes column in the River Falls Journal.
All programs are free.
The library has several public computers with access to the Internet, word processing & spreadsheet applications with Microsoft Office, magazine & newspaper databases, and a Federal Tax form database which are always available while the library is open. Login to the public computers with your library card number.
The library has two laptops which can be checked-out to use in the library.
Multimedia computers with educational games & programs are in the Children's Library and are available for half-hour time slots. Patrons must register at the Children's Desk.
All computers can be made easier to use with assistive technology. The mouse can be slowed down, a trail added, or keyboard shortcuts can replace the mouse. The size of the print and the icons can be increased on the screen.
The library has a photocopy machine. B&W copies are $.10 per page/side and color copies are $.50 per page/side. The photocopy machine also doubles as out public color printer and accepts remote prints with our Print from Anywhere service.
Printing / Remote Printing
B&W laser printers are located in the computer room to use with the library computers. The photocopy machine also doubles as out public color printer and accepts remote prints with our Print from Anywhere service. B&W copies are $.10 per page/side and color copies are $.50 per page/side.
The library can send or receive faxes. Faxes are $.50 per page/side. The library staff will send faxes for you. Ask for help at the Circulation Desk.
The River Falls Public Library is handicapped accessible. Book baskets are available at the circulation desk. Lounge areas are arranged for your comfort and convenience for reading books, newspapers, and magazines.
The library has over 3,000 large print books, 1,500 audio books, 200 classic videos, 300 family videos, and described videos.
The library has two free public meeting rooms that community groups can use. There is a $20 deposit to use the rooms. The Lower Level Community Room may also be used by community groups. However, there is a $25 per use fee and a $50 deposit for the Lower Level Community Room. Please contact the reference desk at 425-0905 ext. 664 for more information or to schedule a meeting room.
The library offers:
A preschool storytime is held during the school year for children ages 3-5 on Thursdays at 10:30am and 1:00pm. Baby storytime for children from birth to 23 months old is held on Wednesdays 10:30-10:50. A lapsit program for children ages 24-36 months is held for 6-8 weeks in the fall & winter on Tuesdays at 10:30. Children should be pre-registered, and must be able to sit quietly for about 45 minutes.
We also offer a Summer Reading Program which is held in June and July for children grades K-5. Through special programs, fun sheets and prizes, we hope to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer. There is no charge for this program, but you need to register. This can be done any time during the Summer Reading Program.
The Kleinpell Gallery in the library's lower level hosts approximately eight different exhibits each year on a variety of subjects, including individual or group art shows, and a wide range of historical and other topics of general relevance to the community. Display space also allows for displays of collections and artifacts of interest to the public.
There is no admission fee for the gallery, which is generally open during regular library hours beginning at 10am.
If you would like more information, or to discuss a possible exhibit, please contact Event Coordinator at 425-0905 ext. 3496 or 715-426-3496.Closed on the Following Holidays
The only exceptions are when a holiday such as Christmas falls on a Saturday or Sunday. The library will then be closed on the preceding Friday or the following Monday.
Get Help from the
The library has a friendly and helpful staff. If you need assistance, such as finding or locating materials, have a reference or information question, or need help with the MORE catalog, please ask any one of the librarians and we will be happy to help! Call 715-425-0905.
You can also email the Reference Librarian.