Library cards and access to collections
Valid photo identification and proof of current address is required when applying for a library card for yourself or a dependent. Applications are available at the library or available to print here. Check out more information about your library card here.
Persons under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian co-sign a library card application. The parent or guardian must have an active library card in order for those under the age of 18 to acquire one. If persons under the age of 18 plan on using our public computers, our Interney Use Policy and accompanying Rules for Online Safety must be reviewed and signed.
You must have your library card with you to check out library materials.
The Lester Public Library of Arpin is part of the South Central Library System, a cooperative network of public libraries in a seven-county area that offers a shared online catalog and delivery service of books and materials. An Arpin Library card allows you to order, checkout, or return items at any LINKcat library within the South Central Library System. View a list of South Central libraries and LINKcat libraries here.
In addition to being able to return materials at any LINKcat library, materials can be returned in the outdoor bookdrop located outside to the left of the library's entrance, in the indoor bookdrop, or at the main desk provided someone is available to accept your returns.
Internet access and other public computing
- Free wireless internet is available throughout the library (connection labeled library-wireless). Visit Frequently Asked Questions about wireless internet.
- The library offers one desktop computer station and two laptops available for checkout and use from the front desk. A library card is required in order to checkout and use a laptop. Computers must be used according to the library's Internet Use Policy.
- All library patron computers offer access to Microsoft programs and black and white printing ($0.20 per page).
- Patrons under the age of 18 are required to view our Rules for Online Safety and have a parent/guardian signature collected before they are allowed to use public computers.
Copying, scanning, and faxing
The library provides copying and scanning services for public use. Copies cost $0.20 per page. Scanning is free. Faxing is also available at the library ($1.00 per page).
Materials available for loan
The Lester Public Library of Arpin's collection consists of a variety of different materials in different formats including hardcover, paperback, and large print books; DVDs and Blu-ray discs, audiobooks, launchpads, and certain reference materials. The library also offers a variety of magazines and newspapers for patron use. Makerspace kits and other activities are available for patron checkout for 14 days.
If patrons are unable to find materials they are looking for, requests can be made to obtain those materials from other SCLS libraries. Please use LINKcat or see a staff member to complete these requests.
Online materials and resources
The Lester Public Library of Arpin's collection also consits of a variety of different online materials and resources including ebooks through Overdrive - Wisconsin's Digital Library. Different databases are also available to library patrons. Database types include genealogy, newspaper, car repair, book suggestions, and more. Access library databases through our Online Resources page. Databases are free to all those with an Arpin Library card.
The library offers the use of two meeting spaces to the public. 1) A small meeting room (fits 6-8 people) and 2) The main public program space in the center of the library. Review of our Meeting Room Policy and completion of our meeting room application is required before use of any meeting area in the library.
Launchpads are tablets that have been preloaded with educational games that are available at the library for 7 day checkout. Launchpad ages range from 3 to 10 years old. View our Loan Policy concerning Launchpads.
Nintendo switch and kindle fires
The Arpin Library has a Nintendo Switch for patron use in the library. Up to four players may play at a time depending on the game, so bring your friends! See a librarian to start playing. Rules and regulations for use of the Nintendo Switch are listed below.
- The Nintendo Switch is intended for in-library use only. The console, games, and accessories will not be allowed to be checked out or taken home by patrons.
- A library card is required for use of the Nintendo Switch.
- A list of the games the library currently has available to play can be found here.
- Have a game that you want to play that we don't have? Let us know! Email us with game suggestions!
The library also has two Kindle Fires for patron use in the library. Kindle Fires are available for in-library use only and are not to be checked out or taken home by patrons. Access to Overdrive and the LINKcat catalog is available on both devices, as well as a selection of preloaded games and other materials. A library card is required in order to use the Kindles.