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         Welcome to Your Library's Website! 

Access My Account 

You can apply for a temporary library card at this time by clicking on "access your record" below and then by clicking on "Self Registration" at the bottom of the page.                                 

With your Library Card, you may access your record on the Merlin Card Catalog System to:

  • View your patron record.
  • Locate, place holds and receive library materials from our library and other NWLS/Merlin libraries.
  • Borrow e-Books after setting up an account at Wisconsin Digital Library.
  • Find due dates for items checked out on your card.
  • Renew items if others aren't waiting for them.

We are a member of the Northern Waters Library Service, a consortium of 29 libraries!



 "There will be no library deliveries during the week of 10/26/20. Our library system staff is beginning a 14-day quarantine due to potential coronavirus exposure. We do not yet know when our delivery service will be able to restart. If you have holds that are in transit, they won't be available until delivery resumes. We will update our Facebook page and website with more information when we have it." 


Please note: The Hayward Library is OPEN and OUR staff is just fine. It's our library system and delivery staff that are affected, so we won't be getting deliveries for at least the following week. Please feel free to visit us (with your mask on!) to pick out movies and books from our library's collection, or give us a call and we will be glad to find items for you to pick up with curbside service.






 Library Nature Trail - Seasonal Audios

                         Available on Events Page




Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library

Curbside Pickup FAQs

The Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library began offering curbside pickup service Friday, May 1, 2020. Here is how you can schedule an appointment:

  • You can place your requests online through Merlin or by calling the library at (715) 634-2161 during these designated hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday from 10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 12 pm - 6:30 pm and Wednesday 10:30 am - 4 pm.
  • Please have your library card number ready if you call to make your requests.
  • You or a library staff member may schedule your curbside pickup Monday, Thursday or Friday between 11 am – 3 pm.
  • When your scheduled pickup time arrives:
  1. Park at the front of the library.
  2. If someone else is picking up their items, before you exit your car, please wait for that person to leave, and for a staff member to clean the table near the entrance and place your items there.
  3. Next, show your library card or ID through the front door to the staff person in the lobby. We want to be sure we have the correct items waiting for you.
  4. Once the staff gives you the thumbs up, you may take your items from the table. After you leave, the staff will clean the table and place the next person’s items there.


If your question is not addressed here, please call the library Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 12 pm - 6:30 pm and Wednesday 10:30 am - 4 pm for assistance.

Q. How do I request items for pickup?

A. You can request items using our online  Merlin Card Catalog  or by calling (715) 634-2161 from 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. If you request items through Merlin, you also can schedule a pick up time through our online calendar at https://calendly.com/haywardlibrarycurbside. When you request items by phone, please limit your order to a reasonable quantity. When you call the library, we will schedule a time for you to pick up your items, from 11 am – 2 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Pickup appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the hours designated above.
  • At your scheduled pickup time, come to the library and your items will be on a table near the front entrance.

Q. I have fines on my account. May I still request and check out materials?

A. If your fines are less than $5, you can still request and check out materials. If your fines are $5 or more, you can pay your fines online with a debit or credit card.

Q. Can I request items from other NWLS libraries, or from libraries outside of our system?

A. Yes you may order items from libraries within NWLS and from outside of system, but beware that items will take much longer to get to your library because of quarantine times.

 Q. What should I do with the library materials I already have checked out?

A. You can renew items online or by calling the library, or you can return items into our drop box. If you return items in the drops, please wait in your car if someone else is picking up their items or staff is outside near the entrance or drop boxes. When you return your items, they are quarantined for 96 hours, then are cleaned and checked in with the date the items were removed from the drop box. Your items will be on your record until the 72-hour quarantine time is over, but no need for concern.

 Q. How soon will my library items be checked in?

A. All items must be quarantined for 96 hours before staff can sanitize them and check them in.

 Q.If I request something, can I pick it up the same day?

A.Requested materials will be ready for pickup 2 business days after the request is made. Here’s a timetable:

          Request Friday, Saturday or Sunday – earliest pickup is Tuesday.

          Request Monday – earliest pickup is Wednesday.

          Request Tuesday – earliest pickup is Thursday.

          Request Wednesday – earliest pickup is Friday.

          Request Thursday – earliest pickup is Monday.

Q.Why do I have to wait so long before I can pick up items?

A. When filling requests, we must limit the number of staff in the building to follow social distancing guidelines. Also, only one person, wearing a mask and washing their hands and using hand sanitizer frequently, will fill your order from taking your call or online request to placing it in a plastic bag.

Q.I have items on hold which were ready to be picked up before the library closed, but  couldn’t pick them up in time! Can I still come and get them?

A.Yes! Please call (715) 634-2161 to schedule a pickup time for your items.

 Q. Can I donate items to the library?

A. NO donations will be accepted at this time. Please hold onto them if you wish to donate them at a later date, to be announced.

Q. Should I quarantine items when I get home?

A. While we are making every effort to sanitize library items according to the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we ask that you use your own judgement as to whether these items should be quarantined again, in your own home, before using them.

 Q. Can I come into the library?

A. Yes, you may make appointments anytime to come into the library on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you approach library staff inside or outside of the library. We LOVE seeing all of you again, but need to make sure we all stay safe and well!


Hayward Library Responds to COVID-19

  • The library is hosting Summer Reading for all of our patrons, including children, teens and adults. 
  • All in-person community programs, including the Tuesday Storytime, Lego Club, and In Gauge Makerspace Mornings were cancelled as of March 16 until further notice. The Friends of the Library Book Room also will be closed while the library is closed. HOWEVER, Storytime with Nina, Storytime with Ann, Legos Club Live, and our DYNAMITE Summer Reading Program challenges are all on the library's Facebook page. 
  • Use of the library’s Meeting Room was cancelled as of Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. until further notice. 
  • When items are returned, we will waive the overdue fines incurred between March 17, 2020 until June 4, 2020.
  • Our drop boxes outside will be open at all times for those who want to return items. The staff will wears gloves and sanitizes items as we check them in.
  • If your library card is expired, see the top of this page under "Access My Account." You can renew your card and will be able to access ebooks through the OverDrive service located on our website at weisscommunitylibrary.com
  • The library Wi Fi will be available in the parking lot at all times. People may access it while sitting in their cars.
  • Please do NOT donate books or other materials until further notice, to avoid spreading the virus, and because we have no room to store them, as the Friends Book Room is closed.

Please keep in mind that we need to be flexible during this pandemic. The Library Board, director and staff will continue to explore possible services we can provide without increasing exposure to the virus. We will follow directives from the government and health agencies to keep our community and visitors as safe as possible. The library looks forward to getting back to normal soon to serve our wonderful community!

Links to get you through Covid-19:

Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library Pandemic Plan

Protect Yourself and Others From Coronavirus

Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information (https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm)

Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 (https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/)



Respond to the US Census Bureau at the following link:                                    United States Census: https://2020census.gov/

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential.

Click on the following link to learn more about the National Emergency Library: https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary 


Please see the Events Page for some great upcoming library programs online!


 Tax Forms for 2019 are now at the Library.

Tax Forms have been made available for pick up at the Hayward Post Office.

Access to Ancestry has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of PrQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until the end of April and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. Steps to do this:
1) Open incognito window (click on the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner) or type the following link in a new browser bar.
3) Password: merlinancestry
4) Click on link or ancestry image

Gale Courses 

Gale Courses  offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a library card holder you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Library Hours

Temporarily Changed Due to COVID-19. 
 Mon./Wed./Fri.: 10 am - 5 pm
Tues./Thurs.:  10 am - 8 pm
Sat.:  10 am - 3 pm

The library is open the following hours until we can get back to normal:

Mon./Thurs./Fri. Call from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to schedule curbside pickup or in-person visits.

Tues. Call from 12:30 - 6:30 p.m. to schedule curbside pickup or in-person visits.

Wed. Call from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to schedule curbside pickup or in-person visits.

Library Closings

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day

Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
December 26
New Year's Eve Day

Note: During dangerous winter weather, the library automatically closes when the Hayward School System closes. 


Friends of the Library

Used Book Room Is Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19.         

Former Hours: 

Mon. - Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat- 10 a.m. -1 p.m.,  when volunteers are available.

  • See our Events Page Calendar for information about our annual book sale, and our Friends of the Library Page for donation guidelines and Friends volunteering.


Hayward Library Foundation (HLF)

The Hayward Library Foundation, Ltd. seeks funds to support the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library in perpetuity, to better serve the needs of all members of the Hayward area community and its visitors.

Please see their website at www.haywardlibraryfoundation.org / or find them on Facebook!. 


 The Community Meeting Room

Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19. 

  • For availability, please check our Meeting Room Online Web Calendar  
  • To reserve the Meeting Room, please call 715-634-2161 or email us at hlibrary@hayward.wislib.org
  • The room is available free of charge to non-profit entities.  For profit entities may rent the room at $20.00 for up to four hours and $40.00 for four hours or more.  It is available any time of day...a key card is needed to enter the front doors if the meeting is held during our closed hours. 
  • The room includes a sink, counter top and refrigerator.  It also has a podium, laptop, wireless network , sound system and LD projector.   There are various tables and chairs.  
  • The room size is approximately 25' x 24'. 
  • Bathrooms and water fountains are available across the hallway. 

Weiss Community Library Book Clubs



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