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How Do I Return Materials?
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 building. 1500 square feet provides office space and workspace for the Library Director, a Secretary, a Main Library Assistant, a Cataloger, Youth Services Coordinator 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..
The Campbell Branch Library is located in the Campbell Town Hall, which is on French Island. In 1975 the Library was moved into the Town Hall and has been enlarged to its present size of 810 square feet. It is staffed by a Library Assistant. Town of Campbell Web Site.
The Holmen Area Library is housed in a former grocery store in downtown Holmen. This building was renovated in 1988 to accommodate the Library which was moved from it's former location in the Village Hall. The public library portion of the building has 4500 square feet of space. The Holmen Library staff includes a Branch Supervisor, three Library Clerks, a Reference Librarian one part-time 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 Librarian 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, located in the Village of West Salem, has the newest facility in the County System. 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 Librarian and two Library Pages are employed. Village of West Salem Web Site.
The La Crosse County Library owns approximately 145,002 books distributed among the five branches. The five libraries subscribe to 464 periodicals including newspapers and magazines, the most popular of which are available at more than one branch. For research purposes back issues of some titles are kept for a time. There are 9,040 audio materials which include books on CD or in digital format, music on CD, and children's books on tape with accompanying books. The collection also includes 8,326 Videos and DVDs. We also circulate CD-ROM software, puppets, Family Fun Bags and seasonal tax form booklet. As a member of the Winding Rivers Library System, we also have access to 53,364 electronic books and 9,650 downloadable audio books.
2012 Use Statistics
498,322 items were checked out
65,132 items were loaned to Libraries other than La Crosse County Library locations
93,945 items were borrowed from other libraries
7,930 Reference questions were successfully answered
50,341 log-ins were completed on our public internet computers
32,531 people of all ages attended 713 programs
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 one or more computers available to the public for use, and Internet access with 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.
How Your Library Tax Money is Spent
The La Crosse County Library had an operating budget of $1,733,964 in the year 2012 with the La Crosse County library levy at $1,641,147. 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. An additional $29,981 came from neighboring Counties for the use of our facilities by their residents in municipalities without libraries.
- $97,249 was spent on books, periodicals and newspapers.
- $33,977 was spent on audio books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, computer software, etc.
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