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Today, Tuesday, September 16, 3:30 PM
           Wisconsin Lighthouses
    Today, September 16, 3:30 PM
Barb and Ken Wardius, authors and photographers of the book "Wisconsin Lighthouses: a photographic and historical guide," will present a slide/lecture program that highlights many of Wisconsin's historical beacons.

Beginning Monday, July 21, items from libraries in Walworth and Racine counties will no longer be available through our catalog.  They will be available through interlibrary loan request.  You may search for them through the WISCAT catalog located here, then ask a staff member for an ILL request form.
New Web Service
If you are always wondering what the first book in a series is or what the correct order for a series is, wonder no longer!  We are offering access to eSequels, an online guide to series fiction.  You can search by Author, Title, Character, Location, Subject, and Keyword.  New authors and new series are being added all the time.  In addition, forthcoming  titles in a series are posted as they are announced by the publishers.  Check out this new service by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the page.
Maker Space @ the Library!
The Library's Maker Space opened on Friday April 11.  The space includes a Digital Media Lab to help you convert your cherished memories into digital media and a Create It Lab to help you with your business, school and relaxation projects. The Maker Space if open Monday thru Thursday from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Come see what equipment is currently provided, let staff know what other tools you would like to have included in the Maker Space, and book yourself some time to create.


The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.

FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public libraries. The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is now one of those libraries.It is a priceless resource for local residents interested in discovering their family history.

FamilySearch has over 200 camera teams filming historic records in 45 countries on any given day.These records are then circulated to public patrons through FamilySearch centers worldwide, like the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library. For example, FamilySearch has filmed over 60% of the Civil Registration (birth, marriage and death records) of Italy. If you have Italian ancestry, chances are you will be able to extend your Italian research by conveniently using the FamilySearch films through the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library.
There is a nominal fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm. Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm reader at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library to peruse it. The library staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records FamilySearch has available to order through the library.
The Digital Archives of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
A work in progress...
The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library has embarked on a three-year project to digitize all the Whitewater newspapers that we have on microfilm.  We have completed the first 75 rolls of microfilm which cover the Whitewater Chronicle from June 18 through December 17, 1879; the Whitewater Press from January 24, 1924 through December 26, 1935; the Whitewater Gazette from November 22, 1855 through September 26, 1918 and the Whitewater Register from December 1880 through April 1976.  The next 75 rolls will be sent for scanning in January.  Click on the icon on the left-hand side of the page to search the archives.
The Library's Mobile App
The Whitewater library has gone mobile The app is free to download and it's in the iOS app store, Amazon, Google Play Store, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Phone stores. You can see a live demo of what the app looks like here.  Go to the same site ( on your mobile device to be redirected to the appropriate download for your device.  Apple and Android users can also go directly to the iTunes store or the Google Play Store. If you are searching in the market, type in "whitewater public library” to find the app.

What can this app do?  With the app you can quickly search the SHARE catalog, place holds, and renew your items.  The app also makes it easy to download e-books and digital media directly to your device through OverDrive,  check library hours and upcoming events,  contact staff (without even having to enter our phone number!) and more.  You can use your camera to use BookLook to scan the barcode on the back of an item to see if the library owns it.  If we do, place your hold right then!

The catalog search is very smart and designed to reduce the need for typing. Simply type in the first few letters of your search and see results display as you are typing.
Now you can take the library with you wherever you go!

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library 's Photo Release Policy

This sign is posted throughout the library to let our guests know that we do take pictures of the public using this facility. We use these photos and videos to publicize and promote our many activities. We are sensitive to people's privacy and are especially careful when using images of children. Please let us know if you have any concerns while you are visiting the library.