Library Cards and Lending

Library Cards

Anyone living within the geographic boundaries of the community or within areas served by the library systems with which this library has a cooperative agreement may borrow from the Hortonville Public Library.

A registration card will be given to any person who requests a borrower's card. Each applicant must present positive proof of residence (driver's license, Wisconsin State identification card, current utility or telephone bill, checkbook with name and address imprinted, or an expired OWLSnet Library card.) All addresses will be verified. If an address cannot be verified, the librarian will send a borrower's card to the applicant through the U.S. mail system.

Borrower cards will be valid for three (3) years. When a borrower’s card is renewed, the borrower must fill out a new registration card, all materials must be returned, and all fines must be paid before a new card is issued.

Any child or student under the age 18 must have a parent or guardian's signature on file at the Hortonville Public Library allowing the child to borrow materials. The basic responsibility for children’s' and young adults' reading rests with the parents or legal guardians. If a parent or guardian wants to decide what material they wish to have their child read, it is the parent's or guardian's responsibility to give a signed statement to the Hortonville Public Library.

Borrowers are asked to show their card to the library staff when borrowing materials. It is the borrower’s responsibility to notify the library if there is a change in address or if the card is lost or stolen.

All materials checked out to a borrower are the responsibility of the borrower. It is the borrower’s responsibility to handle the library's materials with care and to report all damages to the library staff. It is also a responsibility of the borrower to return materials to the library and to pay all fines.

Parents and legal guardians will be held responsible for the actions of their minor children.

Loan Periods

  • Books/Pamphlets 4 weeks
  • Magazines 2 weeks
  • Videos 1 week
  • CD-Roms 4 weeks
  • Books on CD 4 weeks
  • Music CD 2 weeks
  • Children’s materials 4 weeks
  • Children's music CD 2 weeks
  • Children's magazines 2 weeks

Interlibrary loan materials will be subject to the rules of the loaning library.

Most library materials may be renewed for two borrowing periods, except for those materials that have a reserve. Materials may be renewed in person, by calling the library during operating hours or using the InfoSoup online catalog.

Generally reference materials do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be loaned for a 24-hour period.

The director may establish the loan period for special collections, materials that are temporarily in great demand for student projects, or materials added to the collection, which are in a new format.

A total of 75 items may be checked out on a patron card, 25 of which may be AV items.

Fines and Overdues

The goal of the library fine is to promote the return of all library materials so that others may use them. The library is supported through tax revenues and the library must maintain the collection in a proper and orderly manner. Fines are the processing fees for overdue materials. Thus, the processing fees will be charged to those borrowers who fail to return library materials promptly.

  • Books/periodicals $.10 per day
  • Videos/CD-Roms $.10 per day
  • Interlibrary Loans $1.00 per day

If there is no response from the borrower after 45 calendar days, the matter will be turned over to the Village Attorney. All costs will be the responsibility of the borrower.Damaged or Lost Materials If materials are damaged so as to be judged by the library as being unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost. If library material was lost or stolen while the material was lent to the borrower, the borrower must pay for the cost of said material.

Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to locate an item in the library's online catalog, please stop at the circualtion desk for assistance. We may be able to loan the item from another library for you. In the case of borrowing materials through interlibrary loan, the rules of the lending library will be followed.


Reserves may be placed by patrons either in person, by phone or through the use of the infosoup online catalog. Patrons will be notified by telephone or email when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve or for interlibrary loan services.

Wireless at the Library


Wireless Internet is available at the Hortonville Public Library during regular library hours.