About Door County Library

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Community libraries within Door County, Wisconsin have been active since 1866.   In 1953 several libraries combined to become branches of the Door County Library.  Currently there are seven branches: Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Forestville, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, and Washington Island. The main library in Sturgeon Bay also houses the MILLER ART MUSEUM.

We offer books for children, teens and adults; audio books on CD, cassette, playaway and downloadable format; music on CD; software CD’s; magazines and newspapers; videos and DVD’s; computers with free Internet access; in-house and online reference and inter-library loan services; art prints; a toy library; and themed book bins for child care providers. In addition, we have free WiFi Internet access at all of our libraries.  There is a “Self Check” computer at the Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay/ Liberty Grove and Baileys Harbor libraries.

LIBRARY CARDS

  • Visitor or resident, everyone is eligible for a Door County Library card; there are no age or residence restrictions. Fill out a simple application; borrowers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for their card. Original cards are free; there is a small fee for replacement of lost or destroyed cards.
  • The Door County Library is affiliated with over fifty other Northeast Wisconsin libraries in the Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS) and the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS). Our library cards are called “InfoSoup” cards; they may be used at any Door County library and most NFLS/OWLS libraries.
  • Apply for a library card online, click here.

LOAN PERIODS

  • General book collection, new non-fiction books, audio books, toys and art prints:  4 weeks
  • New fiction books, music and magazines:  2 weeks
  • DVD's and VHS videos:  1 week
  • Maximum at any one time:  75 items total, which may include up to 25 CD's and 25 DVD/VHS videos

FEES

Late materials are assessed a fee of 15 cents per item per day, to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost or damaged items incur a replacement charge. Renewals, checkouts and Internet access are denied if $5 or more is owed on a library account.

RENEWALS

Items may be renewed once or twice, as long as no one else is waiting for the material.  Please have your library card ready to speed up the process. There are four ways to renew items.

  • Access “My Account” on the InfoSoup catalog (requires library card and pin numbers)
  • Call your local library and request a renewal
  • Take items to the librarian at your local library
  • Renew with the “Self Check” computer at the Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor or Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library

PROGRAMS

We offer a variety of programs for children and adults; a calendar of events is available online. Inquire about current story times, book discussion groups, and Internet or catalog training. Programs and training are free of charge.

SERVICES

  • Library Computers: All library branches have public access computers available to the public. Reservations for the computers can be made at the libraries, or online with a library card and pin for computers in the Baileys Harbor, Fish Creek, Sturgeon Bay, and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Libraries.  
  • Internet Access: Free access to the Internet is available at all libraries. Computers may be reserved for a specific time. Free WiFi is also available, as are laptops to check out for in-library use. Wireless printing is available at Sturgeon Bay.  
  • Meeting Rooms: The Sturgeon Bay Library has three meeting rooms available at no charge to non-profit community groups. Rooms are available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM until 15 minutes before closing time. Meetings held at the library must be open to the public. Sister Bay has one meeting room available. DOWNLOAD a MEETING ROOM APPLICATION FORM or contact a librarian at (920) 743-6578 (Sturgeon Bay Library) or (920) 854-2721 (Sister Bay Library) for complete information and to book a room at either library. Limited AV equipment is also available for use with meetings.
  • Photocopier: Most branches of the Door County Library have a photocopier available for use by the public. There is a small charge per page.
  • Interlibrary Loan: Materials may be borrowed from libraries throughout the state of Wisconsin or beyond. Items not found on the InfoSoup catalog may be requested online or through your local librarian.
  • Laurie History Room: Our collection of books and information on local (Door County and Wisconsin) history is available for in-library use at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Decades of the local newspaper are available online and/or on microfilm for reading and printing. Plat books going back to 1899 are also available.
  • Walking Books: The Friends of Door County Libraries offer personalized delivery of books to the homebound. Call the library for details 920-743-6578.

LIBRARY BOARD

Door County Library Director:

   Tina Kakuske
   107 S 4th Avenue Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
   (920) 743-6578
   tkakuske@doorcountylibrary.org

Door County Library Board Members

Library Board Agendas

Library Board Meetings:

  • Meetings are currently scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. They are usually held at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S 4th Avenue Sturgeon Bay, (920) 743-6578. Some variations may occur.
  • Agendas will be available approximately one week prior to the meeting.
  • Minutes will be available once they are approved

Library Policies

VOLUNTEERS / SUPPORT

Friends: The Friends of Door County Libraries is an organization of DC Library supporters, and is affiliated with both state and national friends’ groups. Volunteers provide year ‘round support for library programs and special needs, as well as coordination of the summer book sale. They raise and provide funds for library programs and projects of interest to the entire community. Membership is open to all. Annual Dues: $ 10 for individuals, $ 15 for families.
Membership Bonus: Early access to the gigantic annual Book Sale in July at the Sturgeon Bay Library, where thousands of books are pre-sorted by subject and type!
 
Foundation: The Door County Library Foundation, Inc was organized in 1987 for charitable and educational purposes for the benefit of the Door County Library. Tax deductible gifts to the Library are gratefully received in the form of cash, stock, real estate, trusts, life insurance beneficiary designations and bequests.