Library FAQ

How do I get a library card?
Anyone entering Kindergarten is eligible to get a library card. You can download the patron registration form from the Library website. Fill out the form and bring it to the Library during Library hours with valid identification. The Brillion Library is a part of a shared system with the Manitowoc, Two River, Chilton, New Holstein, and Kiel Public Libraries. Only one card is necessary to use all 6 of these libraries. Download patron registration form here.

Can I use another library card at this library such as Appleton or Manitowoc?
Yes you can use a card from Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Chilton, New Holstein and Kiel at Brillion. If you have an Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Brown County or any other library card, you will need to register for a Brillion card.

What if I lose my card?
If you lose your card, come into the library and let us know. We will check to see if the card has been returned to Brillion. We can issue a replacement card, but there is a cost for the card.

Can others use my library card?
Yes, but remember, everything checked out on YOUR card is YOUR responsibility. The library accepts no responsibility to verify that a patron presenting a card is authorized to use it.

How do I request materials from the online catalog?
Log in with your user id (library card number) and enter your PIN number (the last 4 digits of your home telephone number that is registered at the library.) Once you are logged in, search for the material you are looking for and select, place hold on the item. A confirmation of the hold being placed will come up. You can check my account and view holds placed. Contact the library at 920-756-3215 if you have problems using the online catalog.

How do I request materials not listed in the online catalog?
Materials not listed in the catalog can be requested through the Interlibrary loan network. You can click the Wiscat icon and create your own request or request it through the module in the catalog. To request materials while in the catalog, fill out a form on the catalog found under "I need materials" You can send an email from the website requesting an item, call the library during hours, or stop in and ask about getting the material from another library. There is no charge for Interlibrary Loan unless photocopies are involved, but please allow time for the material to be sent.

How long may I keep library items?
DVD’s and Videos, and SEEDS bags check out for one week. All other materials may be checked out for three weeks.

Can I renew books?
All items may be renewed if there is no hold on the item. You can renew materials over the phone, online, or in person. Please have your library card number handy for telephone renewals. You are allowed three renewals per item, however if the item is on hold for another person, the item cannot be renewed.

How many dvds or books may I check out?
Brillion has no limit on the number of books, dvds or other material that can be checked out from the Brillion Library. We do have a maximum number of 75 items that can be checked out on any card at a time.

What if my books are returned late?
There is a fine of $.10 per day for late books, audiobooks and music cds. Videos and dvds will be charged $.50 per day late.

I have a fine on my card, can I check out items?
If the total fine is over $10 you may not check out items or use the public computers until the fine is paid. This will also block online use of your card. Library cards expire every 2 years, which requires the full payment of any fines outstanding.

What children's programs are offered at the Brillion Public Library?
The Brillion Library offers Storytimes, Free Play, after school programs, summer reading programs, Lego building, Read the book, be the book programs. The website, The Brillion News, Facebook, or the library will have information about upcoming programs.

What programs do you have for young adults?
The Brillion Library offers a summer reading program and Battle of the Books program for young adults. Many of our programs are family programs, which include young adults.. Check the website, Facebook, Brillion News, or newsletter for details.

What programs do you offer for adults at the Brillion Public Library?
The Brillion Library offers monthly book discussion groups, quarterly genealogy sessions, munch-a-movies, computer and device instruction, author visits, and family programs. Check the website, Facebook, Brillion News, or monthly newsletter for details.

What services do you offer for teachers?
Teachers can get a special teacher card which has a longer check out period. The Library offers tours of the facility, instruction on the card catalog, website, Wiscat, Badgerlink, classroom presentations, class room collections, and storytimes. Teachers of homeschoolers are also eligible for these services.

What equipment does the Brillion Library have available for use or rental?
The Brillion Library has a color copier that scans and saves, fax machine, typewriter, computer printers, microfilm reader/printer that is hooked up to a computer that may be used at the Library. The Library has a laminator and will laminate anything up to 24 inches in size for a fee. Laminating is done on a weekly basis. The Library has a disk cleaner and refinisher that cleans dvds, cds, and cd-roms for the public for a fee.

The Library has the following equipment available for checkout:

  • Audiocassette player
  • Wattmeter
  • Kindle

The Library rents out the following equipment:

  • Slide projector
  • Overhead projector
  • Screen
  • Audiocassette players
  • DVD player
  • Dvd/computer projector

Contact the Brillion Library at 920-756-3215 to rent equipment.

When is the Brillion Public Library open?
From Labor Day until June 1st, the Library is open Mondays 8-8; Tuesdays 9-8; Wednesdays 12-8; Thursdays 12-8; Fridays 12-6; and Saturdays 9-12. From June 1st until Labor Day, the Library is open Mondays 8-8; Tuesdays 9-8; Wednesdays 9-8; Thursdays 12-8; and Fridays 12-6. For special holiday hours and closings, check the website or library.

Can I rent a room at the Brillion Public Library?
The Brillion Library offers meeting rooms for public use on a reservation basis with an hourly fee. The Library Board meeting room is available during library hours for small group meetings, while a larger group can use the elevator accessible basement. To rent a room, contact the Library during library hours by calling 920-756-3215.

Are computers available for use at the library?
The Brillion Library offers 11 Internet computers that are linked to both color and black and white printers. To use the Internet computers, users need a valid library card.  The Brillion Library also offers a fast wireless network that can be accessed during library hours.

How do I contact the Brillion Public Library? There are several ways of contacting us

  • By telephone at 920-756-3215
  • By fax at 920-756-3874
  • By mail at 326 N. Main Street, Brillion, WI 54110
  • By email at brref@mcls.lib.wi.us
  • By using the online catalog and sending your question.
  • Friend us and send a message through Facebook

How do I renew a book? You can renew a book several ways

  • Log into the catalog and go to my account. Choose renew my account and renew your materials
  • Call the Library at 920-756-3215 during library hours and request to renew your materials. You will need to have your library card number available.
  • Click the link from the email reminder notice.
  • Call 920-553-6261 and access your account 
  • Come into the library during library hours and request a renewal.

Items that have a hold cannot be renewed! If you have renewed 3 times, or your fines exceed $10, you will not be able to renew the item through the online catalog. Call the library at 920-756-3215 for assistance.

Where do I return borrowed library materials?
If the library is open, come on in and drop off your materials at the return desk. The Library offers a drive up book drop at the entrance of the parking lot off Park Avenue for use when the Library is closed. All items checked out can be returned in the book drop. Materials, excluding interlibrary loan items may also be dropped off at the Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Chilton, New Holstein or Kiel Public Libraries.

Do you accept donations?
The Library accepts donations. A wish list of suggestions is available.  Library materials will be accepted as long as the Library can determine what to do with the materials- either to add to the collection, or to put as a part of the book sale. The Library does not accept soiled materials, or old magazines.

Can I pay my fines or fees with a credit or debit card?
Yes, you can pay online with your credit or debit card. Go to the classic catalog and log in with your library card number and pin. Once logged in, select my account, and then review my account and then bills. Under bills, it will say pay bills. Select and enter your card information. Contact the library at 920-756-3215 if you have any questions.

Can I check out eBooks or download audiobooks?
Yes, the Brillion Library offers checkout of both eBooks and audiobooks through the Wisconsin digital library (Overdrive.) Click on the Overdrive link to get started. If you need help getting Overdrive set up on your device, contact the library. We offer opportunities to get help in using eBooks and downloading audiobooks.