Library Information

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Library Services

Please contact the Reference Department (452-4860) or Youth Services (452-4592) to schedule a visit or tour.

Library Cards

Any Winona County resident or anyone who resides within the SELCO region of southeast Minnesota is eligible to receive a free library card. Wisconsin residents may receive a card for a $40 annual fee.  The cost for a replacement card is $1.00.

To apply for a library card you will need to provide current proof of residence in Minnesota. A valid Minnesota driver’s license with your local address on it is the best form of proof.

Application forms are available below or at the Checkout Desk of the library.

Adult Registration Form (PDF) – 16 yrs. & up
Child Registration Form (PDF) – under 16 yrs.
College Student, Temporary Resident, or Visitor Registration Form (PDF)

Be sure to bring your library card with you when you visit the library. Your library card enables you to:

  • Check out materials from our library and at any library in the SELCO region
  • Request items from other libraries
  • Use library internet computers
  • Search online databases from your home
  • Check your account online

Library Policies

Loan Policy


Loan Period

Late Fee

Books, audiobooks, software, music CDs, magazines, pamphlets,
kits and story sacks
28 days
21 days
DVDs and videocassettes
7 days
Interlibrary loan materials
Varies by location
Varies by location

All items returned late will be assessed a fine.  If you accumulate more than $10.00 in fines, or if any fines are more than 90 days old, loan privileges and internet access will be suspended until the fines are paid.  Fines may be paid at the Checkout Desk of the library or online.IMG_2355 (Large)

The book drop is open whenever the library is closed. Please note that all materials must be returned before the library closes on the date due or they are considered late.

You may check out up to 50 items. No more than 20 of the items may be movies. You will be notified when items you have requested arrive and you have 7 days to come pick them up.


Items may be renewed up to two times, provided there are no requests on the items and they are not more than one week overdue.  Bestsellers and materials on loan from outside the SELCO region are nonrenewable. You may call to renew items by phone at 507-452-4582, or online via the My Account link in our catalog. Please note that if an item is overdue you will not be able to renew it online.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials that the Winona Public Library does not own can often be borrowed from other libraries at no charge. Librarians at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library can locate and request these items for you. Items can be obtained from libraries within the SELCO region or the State of Minnesota via MnLink.

Computers, Internet Access & WiFiFree internet at the Winona Public Library

The library offers free public internet access on 13 computers in the Adult Reference Department and two in Youth Services.  Microsoft Office is also available and three flatbed scanners are located on internet computers next to the Reference Desk.  A valid library card is required to log on.  Guest passes are available for visitors.  Each cardholder is allowed two hours of use per day.

Wireless internet access is also available throughout the building.

Computer and Internet Use Policy
Wireless Internet Use Policy

Other Library Policies

Code of Conduct/Unattended Children Policy

Photocopies & Printouts

Printouts from public internet computers cost $0.10 each for black & white, color printouts are $0.50 each.  A photocopy machine is located on the second floor of the library.  Costs vary for black and white or color copies, and are as follows:

  •     8 ½  x 11 copies:  black and white – $0.10;  color – $0.50 each
  •     8 ½  x 14 (legal size) copies:  black and white – $0.15; color – $1.00 each

Microfilm Reader / Printer

Two microfilm readers are available for public use, as is a printer for making copies off the readers.  Copies are $.15 each.  The Winona Daily News, formerly the Winona Republican Herald, is available on microfilm from July 19, 1860 to the present, as are some census records.

Fax Machine

The library has a fax machine for public use. The cost is $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for subsequent pages. Payment by debit or credit card only.

Donations of Materials to the LibraryStack of books

Adult Services Donation Policy

We Do Not Accept the Following Items
• Encyclopedias
• Dictionaries
• Textbooks
• Magazines
• Nonfiction Annals (items published every year – almanacs, facts on file, yearbooks)
• Mass Market Paperbacks (small paperback books roughly 4×6 inches – Harlequin Romance Novels)
• Nonfiction Items published prior to 2000
• Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
• Items with Spiral Spines
• VHS – Video Cassette Tapes
• Books on Tape (Cassette)

We Will Not Accept Materials if:
• Materials were previously stored in a basement/garage
• Items smell musty or odd
• Items have mold/mildew, handwriting, or highlighting
• Pages are missing

If the library does not add your item to the collection, the item will be placed on the Friends of the Library Book Sale or discarded.