Services @ APL

Library Cards
Information on getting a Library card, including the application, is available in our FAQ pages, along with details on checkout periods, renewing, overdue items, placing holds, and much more.

Library Catalog
InfoSoup is our online library catalog, providing access to the collections of the public libraries in the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) and many in the Nicolet Federated Library System. InfoSoup is created and maintained by OWLS.

Computers and Wifi
Computers with Internet access are located throughout the library. A library card is required to logon, although visitors from out-of-state may request a guest pass at any service desk. We also have free WiFi throughout the building.

If you check InfoSoup from home and see that an item you want is available, you may call us and have staff check the shelves for it.

  • Non-Fiction materials call 832-6173
  • Media or Fiction materials call 832-6177
  • Children's materials call 832-6187

Material Holds
A hold may be placed to reserve a particular title that is checked out or owned by another library. Patrons may have ten titles on hold at one time. A notice will be mailed or emailed when each item is available, after which time you have seven days to pick it up.

Text Notices
Sign up to receive notices from Appleton Public Library by text. We will send you reserve notices when an item you reserved is available for checkout, an overdue notice when an item is past due and a courtesy notice one day before your items are due.

Interlibrary Loan
Books and media owned by libraries outside our service area can often be obtained through interlibrary loan. Photocopies of periodical articles are provided via interloan for a photocopying fee. You will be notified when the requested material is in. Call 832-6173 for help with interlibrary loan.

Tax Forms
The IRS and WI Dept of Revenue sends select forms to APL. Between the last week of January through tax filing day in April, tax forms and instructions can be found on the main level.

Voter Registration
Some library staff are deputized to provide voter registration for City of Appleton residents. Ask about this service at any of our service desks.

Notary Public
Several staff members are Notaries Public. Although we cannot guarantee that one will be on duty at all times, they are often available. Please call ahead if you wish to use this free service.

Meeting Rooms
The lower level meeting rooms can be booked up to three months in advance for public meetings. For more information, please read Booking Meeting Rooms and Rules and Regulations. If you do not want to use the online form to book a Meeting Room, you can access a printable version of the Meeting Room Booking Form. Call Library Administration at 832-6170 with any questions.

Hearing Loop
Our lower level Meeting Room A/B/C or Meeting Room C when divided into smaller rooms is equipped with a hearing loop.

The hearing loop installation was funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, awarded to the DPI by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional funding provided by the Outagamie Waupaca Library System.

Study Rooms
Three rooms are available for small group use on the second floor. Two of the rooms fit one to two people and one room fits three to six people. Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Community Posters and Brochures
Posters and brochures which advertise local nonprofit groups are displayed in the first floor hallway. Posters and brochures can be dropped off for display in our lower level administration offce. Call 832-6170 for questions about posters and brochures.

Walking Books
A materials delivery service is provided by volunteers to homebound patrons. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 832-6346 to arrange for this service or to volunteer to deliver library materials.