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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 locations 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 Public 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 other locations 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 additional service hours and is now staffed by a Library Assistant and Library Clerk. Town of Campbell Web Site.

The Holmen Public 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 member and two Library Pages are employed. Village of West Salem Web Site.


The La Crosse County Library owns approximately 138,353 books distributed among the five locations. The five libraries subscribe to 419 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 11.328 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 12,894 DVDs. As a member of the Winding Rivers Library System, we also have access to 151,250 eBooks and 50,704 downloadable audio books through Overdrive.

456,231 physical items were checked out

70,955 physical items were loaned to Libraries other than La Crosse County Library locations

95,502 physical items were borrowed from other libraries

53,999 downloads were made from Overdrive by La Crosse County users

8,591 Reference questions were successfully answered

24,386 log-ins were completed on our public internet computers

16,446 utilized wireless access

26,589 people of all ages attended or participated in 861 programs


A La Crosse County Library card allows a patron to borrow materials or use the Internet. For more information on obtaining a card, see 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 with your current address will allow us to add you to our registration database whether you are a new patron or visiting from another library. Patrons from neighboring states may apply for a card for a fee.

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.

The La Crosse County Library had an operating budget of $2,049,394 in the year 2018 with the La Crosse County library levy at $1,979,689. The balance of operating income came from a combination of our used book sales, fees and fines paid by patrons; cross county reimbursement; and revenue from copies and printing.
  • $105,536 was spent on books, periodicals and newspapers.
  • $43,512 was spent on audio books, DVDs and music CDs.
  • $8,850 was spent on electronic downloadable materials.

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