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Holiday Closings

The regular hours of the Burlington Public Library are:

Monday – Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 4:30pm
Sunday: Noon to 4pm (closed on Sundays during the school year)

In addition, BPL is closed for the following holidays:

  • Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Sunday, January 1, 2023
  • Sunday, April 9, 2023
  • Monday, May 29, 2023
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2023
  • Monday, September 4, 2023
  • Thursday, November 23, 2023
  • Sunday, December 24, 2023
  • Monday, December 25, 2023
  • Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Monday, January 1, 2024

Check out Museum Passes!

The Museum Adventure Pass program provides free admission to unique cultural destinations throughout the Greater Chicago area to library card holders at over 140 public libraries, including the Burlington Public Library.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Check out a Museum Adventure Pass using your library card at your home library. Passes are issued at the Reference Desk. Libraries have a limited number of passes for each participating organization. Passes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be reserved online or in person. We look forward to your library visit!
  2. One Museum Adventure pass may be checked out per family, per loan period. The loan period is seven days. Admission offers vary per museum. For some, two to four people may admitted free per pass. If admission is already free, another special discount will be available. Details can be found at http://www.museumadventure.org.
  3. Passes are limited to general admission. Each organization’s page at http://www.museumadventure.org gives specific dates when passes cannot be used, and other restrictions that may apply.
  4. Please bring a driver’s license or state ID with you when visiting a museum using an adventure pass, as well as the pass itself.

Participating museums and cultural institutions include:

For further information, please visit the Museum Adventure Pass program’s web site.

Burlington Library is Fine-Free !

Burlington Public Library Expands Fine-Free Program to All Burlington-Owned Items

Effective April 1, 2021, the Burlington Public Library will no longer assess fines for overdue items. In doing this, Burlington joins more than half of the libraries in Wisconsin who have eliminated fines for all users.

Will people still return the books if there are no fines?

Yes! Surveys and statistics from libraries around the state and the country show that people return library books not because they’ll be fined, but because they feel an obligation to do right by other users. However, fines do dissuade people from coming back.  They lack the funds to pay, feel stigmatized, or make the decision to rent or purchase digital items at low-cost rather than pay an eventual fine. We believe that libraries contribute to a strong community, and that barriers to access hinder that.

I didn’t mind paying my fines. I felt good about contributing to the library.

That is a common sentiment. The good news is, the library will still be happy to take your donation. The better news is that people on fixed or limited incomes can now also feel good about the library.

Doesn’t the Library need the fine revenue to operate?

Libraries aren’t financed primarily by fine revenue. In 2019, fine revenue was less than 1% of our total operating budget. And we don’t feel good where we have to make decisions about waiving or enforcing fines based on budgetary considerations, rather than the individual situation of the patron.

I accrued some fines a few years ago. Do I still have to pay those?

Probably not. We cleared old overdue fines on Burlington-owned items for our patrons. We want people to come and use their library more than we want them to pay for that VHS tape that slid under their car seat in 2012 and didn’t re-emerge until mid-2013.  (True story.)

If you’re not sure if you still have fines on your account, or if you do still have overdue fines and want to see if there’s a way that they can be cleared, please call the library.

Are there any caveats?

Why, yes there are!

  • Materials belonging to other libraries may still have overdue fines assessed.
  • All items that are damaged will still be charged for repair or replacement.
  • All items that are long overdue will be assumed lost, and a bill will be sent for replacement. If the patron returns the billed item, the bill will be removed.
  • Because of the ongoing costs associated with our wireless hotspots, they will still accrue overdue fines on a daily basis.

Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Hoopla – FREE On-Demand Digital Materials

Instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies & TV – 24/7 and FREE on your phone or tablet using your library card. Six formats all in one app for a simple to use multimedia content experience! Your items return automatically and never garner late fees.

Website: hoopladigital.com

Content:

  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Music Albums
  • ebooks
  • Read Along ebooks – coming soon!
  • Audiobooks
  • Comic Books

Features:

  • Action View on comics
  • FULL album releases from the most popular artists
  • Apps available for AndroidiOS
  • Multiple playback speeds on audiobooks
  • More fonts, formatting options, themes, etc. on eBooks.
  • ALL content can be downloaded to enjoy offline and we now support downloading to an SD card.
  • Supported by Androidtv, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, Amazon Alexa
  • Chromecast (1st and 2nd generation) 

Don’t have a current Burlington Public Library card?  Sign up for a digital card now.