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How Do I Get a Library Card?

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How Do I Request Materials?

Population of La Crosse County - 114,638 - 2010 Census.. La Crosse County Web Site

51,320 City of La Crosse residents served by the La Crosse Public Library.
63,318 Out-County residents served by the five branches of the La Crosse County Library.

Each County library location is housed in a building provided, furnished and maintained by the municipality in which it is located. The County is responsible for the books and other media contained in each library, the processing of the materials and the personnel to provide the services.

The Administrative Center for the County Library is housed in the Holmen Area Library building. This facility provides office space and workspace for the Library Director, a Cataloger, a Main Library Assistant, Youth Services Coordinator, one part-time Library Clerk and two Library Pages. All new books and other media are received and processed in this location before they are sent out to the branches ready for public use.

The John Bosshard Memorial Library in Bangor was built in 1991 to replace a smaller location in the Village Hall. The present building has 2400 square feet of space. A Library Assistant, one Library Clerk and a Library Page are employed at the Bangor Library. Village of Bangor Web Site.

The F.J. Robers Library in Campbell was relocated to a newly renovated 2,940 square foot building on French Island in 2013. The expansion led to additioanl service hours and is now staffed by a Library Assistant and Library Clerk. Town of Campbell Web Site.

The Holmen Area Library is the newest facility in the County system.  Dedicated in September 2017, the library has 18,000 square feet and replaces the previous smaller location located in a former grocery store downtown. The Holmen Library staff includes a Branch Supervisor, three Library Clerks, a Reference Librarian, an Assistant Youth Services Librarian and three Library Pages. Village of Holmen Web Site.

The Onalaska Public Library was constructed in 1989 and has 20,000 square feet. A Branch Supervisor, six Library Clerks, one full-time and one half-time Reference Librarian, one Assistant Youth Services Staff Member, a Youth Services Clerk, and five Library Pages staff this facility.  In 2008 the City of Onalaska added approximately 8,000 square feet of media, meeting, and mechanical space to the building. City of Onalaska Web Site.

The Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library is located in the Village of West Salem. Dedicated in December 2000, and expanded in 2003, it has 9500 square feet of space where a Branch Supervisor, four Library Clerks, one Assistant Youth Services Staff memberand two Library Pages are employed. Village of West Salem Web Site.

The La Crosse County Library owns approximately 138,264 books distributed among the five locations. The five libraries subscribe to 421 periodicals including newspapers and magazines, the most popular of which are available at more than one location. For research purposes back issues of some titles are kept for a time. There are 12,913 audio materials which include books on CD or in digital format, music on CD, and children's CDs with accompanying books.  The collection also includes 11,575 DVDs. As a member of the Winding Rivers Library System, we also have access to 148,384 eBooks and 38,199 downloadable audio books through Overdrive.

2017 Use Statistics

457,900 physical items were checked out

72,147 physical items were loaned to Libraries other than La Crosse County Library locations

94,291 physical items were borrowed from other libraries

43,862 downloads were made from Overdrive by La Crosse County users

7,234 Reference questions were successfully answered

23,510 log-ins were completed on our public internet computers

10,996 utlized wireless access

26,727 people of all ages attended or participated in 827 programs


Library Card
A La Crosse County Library card allows a patron to borrow materials or use the Internet. How to apply for a La Crosse County Library Card. A card issued in any Winding Rivers Library will be honored in the La Crosse County Library System.

Just a few minutes of your time and a driver's license or other form of ID will allow us to add you to our registration data base whether you are a new patron or visiting from another library. Patrons from neighboring states may apply for a card for a fee.

Computers & Internet Access
Each of the La Crosse County facilities has multiple computers available for use with Internet access and a variety of MS Office products available to patrons. You will need to have your library card with you to log on to the public computers. Wireless access is also available at all locations.

How Your Library Tax Money is Spent
The La Crosse County Library had an operating budget of $1,809,029 in the year 2013 with the La Crosse County library levy at $1,707,221.  The balance of operating income came from a combination of our used book sales, fees and fines paid by patrons; a grant from Winding Rivers Library System; donations; and revenue from copies and printing.
  • $103,307 was spent on books, periodicals and newspapers.
  • $40,018 was spent on audio books, DVDs and music CDs.
  • $4,490 was spent on electronic downloadable materials

Library Organization Chart

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