Services

Services

Computers and Technology

We offer free public internet access on 8 computers in Adult Services and one in Youth Services.

    • A valid library card is required to logon.
    • Guest passes are available for visitors.
    • Each cardholder is allowed 45 minutes of use per day.
    • Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Microsoft Office 2021 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) is available on all internet PCs.
    • Scanning is available from our copier to all Adult Services PCs.

Use of all library computers is subject to compliance with our Computer and Internet Use Policy.

Reference and Information

Our main Reference Desk is located on the 2nd floor of the library. Staff are available to assist you with the collection and your information needs. 

If you would like a tour of the library, please contact the Reference Desk at 507-452-4860 or email us at winonapl@selco.info.

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 2nd 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 (MNLink FAQ sheet (PDF)).

Meeting Room

Winona Public Library has a meeting room available to reserve from 9:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 am-1:30 pm on Saturday.

Meeting Room Policy and Agreement (PDF)

Nonprofit groups may use the meeting room free of charge.  For-profit groups may use the meeting room for $50 an hour; this includes your set-up, take-down, and cleaning time. The fee is due upon the use of the room. Checks should be made payable to the Winona Public Library.

To reserve the room, call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860 or email the Library at winonapl@selco.info.

Exam Proctoring

The library offers exam proctoring during regular business hours.  Students need to make arrangements with the Reference Department at least two business days prior to the exam.

Students are responsible for any fees incurred during the exam.  This may include postage, envelopes, copies, and faxing.  Scanning is optimal as it is free.

Please read our full Proctoring Policy prior to scheduling your appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please fill out our online proctoring request form. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (507) 452-4860 or winonapl@selco.info.

Genealogy, Obituary, and Article Requests

Please refer to our Genealogy, Obituary, and Article Requests Policy for information and forms on submitting requests for information.

Resources

The library has the Winona Newspaper (currently Winona Daily News formerly Winona Republic Herald) on microfilm from July 19, 1860 to present. Winona Newspapers from 1860-1976 are also available online at the Winona Newspaper Project.

There are limited indices of obituary records from 1960-2010 available online. Please note that the indices are not fully complete:

1960-1979
1980-1999
2000-2010

We have a Digital Microfilm Reader, which allows users to make PDFs of articles/obituaries. Printing is available at $0.10/page.

Other genealogy resources of interest in the library include Ancestry.com: Library Edition (World Edition). This resource is only available for in-house use but users may bring their own laptop. Print resources that are available for in-house use only include City Directories dating from 1872-present day (some years are missing) and The Resting Places of Winona County, Minnesota: Cemeteries of Winona County.

Requests for Genealogy, Obituaries,  and Articles

Please download our full Genealogy, Obituary, and Article Requests Policy, which includes the request form.

Requests for obituaries/articles can be made online or through the mail. Online requests can be made at https://tinyurl.com/wplobits.

Requests from individuals residing in the State of Minnesota are not charged for obituary/article requests. Those residing outside of the state will be charged $2.00/request.

Requests submitted online or through the mail should allow one to four weeks for processing. We cannot guarantee that we will find the requested article/obituary. Only three requests are allowed per month.

Library staff will search seven days from the date of death and will notify you regarding the findings and the payment amount.

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