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304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI 53589

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Library Hours : Monday -Thursday 9 to 9 and Friday & Saturday 9 to 5






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The Stoughton Public Library
Your Information & Reference Resource!

The Adult Services Department of Stoughton Public Library provides
reference, informational assistance, and reader’s advisory services to the community and visitors.

Public Services Librarians and Library Assistants are available to assist patrons with inquiries
in-person, by telephone, and via e-mail during all hours the library is open.

In addition, access to on-line librarian reference assistance, on-line databases are available at 24/7.

Check out all the Stoughton Public Library has to offer you!

The Library now offers an online version of Consumer Reports!
Access this databse on your next visit to our library or
from home click on graphic above and login with your library card.













E-Book One on One

Did you get an e-reader for the holidays? Do you want to learn how to download FREE e-books from the library onto your device? The library “E-book Expert” will be happy to assist you in a one-on-one support session.
Call the library at 873-6281 to schedule an appointment.

Make sure to bring your e-reading device and laptop (if you have one).
Call 873-6281 to schedule an appointment.

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Materials & Services

A wide variety of materials are available in the Adult Services Department for patrons to check out.
These items can all be located in the LINKCat Library Catalog. Items available to check out include:


  • Fiction books
  • Books-on-Cassette
  • Nonfiction books
  • Books-on-CD
  • Large Print books
  • Music CDs
  • Books in Spanish/ Libros en Español
  • Computer Software
  • Books in Norwegian
  • Magazines
  • Young Adult books
  • Newspapers
  • Local history materials
  • DVD & VHS Videos


The Adult Services Department also offers extensive materials and services
for use within the library including:


  • Reference collection
  • Access to the Stoughton Area School District computer network
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Tabletop video magnifier
  • Internet access on in-house computers
  • Microfilm reader with printer
  • Microsoft Office on in-house cmoputers
  • Computer printer and scanner
  • Local history & Geneaology reference
  • Magnified computer access
  • Morningstar & Value Line periodicals



The Adult Services Department maintains three display areas, two adult and one young adult, to highlight library materials and events. Displays change bi-weekly and regularly include contemporary and popular themes.

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Is it your Lucky Day?
Check out our Lucky Day Books!

The Lucky Day Collection consists of additional copies of current, high demand best-sellers.

These books are shelved next to the new books on the 2nd floor.

They are available on a walk-in basis only (no holds).

Lucky Day books now check out for 14 days and can be checked out on the Self Check stations.

They are not renewable and late fees are $1.00 per day.

This collection has been made possible due to donations from
the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library.

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A New Lucky Day DVD Collection!!!
The library now has walk-in, no waiting popular DVDs available.

This collection, made possible through grants and donations,
is just getting started and very popular so there is a
limit of 1 DVD per household (at one time) for a 7 day loan.

If returned late, the fee is $1.00 per day.

And remember, because this is a walk-in, no wait collection,
there are no holds or renewals available to allow for a quick turn-around.

Please return Lucky Day DVDs promptly to the Stoughton Public Library, if possible.
This will help limit any delays in making the DVD available for the next viewer.

Titles in this collection will change often depending on what's in high demand.
We are now approaching more than 80 titles in the collection.

We continue to add new DVDs atleast twice monthly since January and now we've begun to remove and repurpose older, no longer high demand titles. So look for them in our general DVD collection.

New titles being added in May/June include:

Her, I Frankenstein and The Monuments men

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Lone Survivor,
Non-stop, Robocop, Son of God and True Blood: Season 6

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Programs & Events
The Adult Services Department offers programming and training for adults and young adults year-round. General training in the use of the LINKCat library catalog, Library OnLine Computer Management Software, various on-line databases including our newest addition, the Chilton's auto repair database, the Internet, and other computer programs is offered as time permits whenever the library is open. Additionally, detailed training in these information sources is available by appointment with the Public Services Librarian and also offered at specific training dates and times throughout the year. Adult book discussion groups meet monthly. Library Programs for Teens are offered periodically throughout the year and a Teen Summer Reading Program is ongoing throughout the summer months (June-August). Watch our website for information about new programs for Adult and Teens.

Adult Library Program and Events


Adult Summer Reading Program
May 31 – August 9

  Read and Win!
Read a book and register to win a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate.

Stop by the 2nd floor reference desk to add your latest read (book, audiobook, or magazine) to our reading wall.
You can register (once) to win a $50 Chamber gift certificate after your first read.
Weekly winners will receive book bag and tumbler.

After your register for the gift certificate continue to read more books. For each "book" you've read,
fill out a test tube or beaker with the title on the front, your name and phone number on the back.

Random weekly prize drawings for book bags and tumblers will be done
using test tubes and beakers posted on the reading wall (front of the desk).

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Adult Book Discussions
Fourth Tuesday of the month
at 7 pm

Click here for the schedule.

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Thursdays with Murder ~ Year 3
"Women of Mystery"

Second Thursday of the month
at 6:30 pm

Click here for the scehdule.

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Book of the Week
June 2 – August 9
Looking for a good book?
Multiple copies of the weekly title will be available next to the 2nd floor book display.
Check out what the librarians have been reading!


"Little Red and the Hood"

Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 & 31, 7:00 pm

Location: Stoughton Opera House

Come see a play put on by teens in our community.
Proceeds benefit the Stoughton Library Second Floor Renovation project.

For more details, call the library 873-6281 or visit our Facebook page.

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Adult Craft Club
The club requires no previous skills in any particular craft,
we won’t let the craft get the better of you!


Thursday, August 7 at 6:30pm

Try out the ancient Indian art of Mehndi by creating your own henna tattoos.
The tattoos are not permanent, but do last for 2-4 weeks.

No crafting experience is necessary and teens are welcome with an adult.

Registration is required and begins July 24.

Call 873-6281 to register.

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Summer Family Movie Matinee
Wednesday, August 13, 2 - 3:45 pm

While on a grand world tour, a group of puppets find themselves wrapped
into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a froggy look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

This film is rated PG.
Free popcorn and juice will be served.

Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Stoughton.

Limited seating: Tickets available at 1:30pm on the day of the film.

Sponsored by the Stoughton Optimist Club.

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Friends of the Library Meeting
Wednesday, August 13 at 6pm
Library Lower Level ~ Carnegie Meeting Room

Join the Friends of the Library as they discuss their plans for future fundraising events that support library collections and programs.
Interest people are always welcome to attend our meetings to learn about the Friends and perhaps you'll be want to join our efforts.

More information about the Friends can be found on their webpage.

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Summer Library Program Finale
"Get Excited About Science "

Thursday, August 14, 6 - 7:15pm
Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B

We want to celebrate your summer reading achievements!
Join us from 6-6:30 to enjoy free sundaes provided by Culvers.
Then enjoy Steve Belliveau’s fast-paced science show full of large props, music, humor and audience participation.

All ages.
No pre-registration required.

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Stoughton Public Library offers wireless internet access.

Libraries throughout the United States are known as a source for free high-speed Internet access for the public. By adding wireless capability to the Stoughton Publc Library it is allowing us to extend this free service to the residents of our community.

Surfing the internet, doing on-line research, keeping in touch with family and friends by email,
or creating your own blog has never been more accessible.

Just bring in your wireless-enabled device (laptop, PDA, smart phones, etc.) and utilize the Internet connection throughout
the library. If your devices battery is not charged up, electrical outlets are built right into the tables on the Mezzanine Level.

Wireless access is available for your use during all hours that library is open.
Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Offering wireless access is a great way for the library to expand services and allow more people access to the library’s
high-speed Internet connection without the expense of additional computers. Many patrons who enjoy using the computers at the library because the connection speed is faster than their home service.
Wireless is another feature that helps make it just that much easier for our patrons to make a connection.

Wireless users will be held to the library’s acceptable use agreement concerning Internet content and must be able to use their own device and set up a wireless connection independently.

An information sheet with connection information is available at the library’s Reference Desk on the second floor
or click here for the .pdf version.

Please visit the Stoughton Public Library and try out this great service.

Stoughton’s Library Stories Film


Click here to view the film hosted on the WSTO website
or check out a copy from the library!

The Stoughton Public Library proudly presents a community based film using multiple interviews of everyday Stoughton residents, and a few local celebrities, telling their library stories including how libraries
have made an impact on their lives.

This film shows how the Library impacts the lives of Stoughton residents. Viewing the film is a great step in celebrating “September as Library Card Sign Up Month”. Help celebrate the value of the library by watching friends and neighbors tell their story, getting your own library card, and taking in the wealth of information available to you through your local library.




"Life Transitions" Collection @ Stoughton Public Library

Beyond the Page

The National Endowment for the Humanities


The Madison Community Foundation




"Music on the Mezz"
is on hiatius.

We look forward to more music programs soon.

  ~ The Music on the Mezz Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library ~