Wisconsin's Public Libraries

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  • Nationally, Wisconsin's public libraries rank 1st in the total number of interlibrary loans and 8th in total circulation, but only 22nd for total operating revenue and 20th for paid library staff per capita!
  • Six out of ten state residents are registered library users.
  • The average number of user visits per week to Wisconsin public libraries is 688,000. Season attendance at Packer home games is about 570,000.

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The Wisconsin Public Library Directory is available in several formats on the DPI Public Library Development Team web site.  The Public Library Development Team also maintains a web page of links to Wisconsin public library websites.

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The Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries could be one of the most important things the library community has ever done. We live in a knowledge-based economy, where life-long learning is mandatory. Public, academic, special, and school libraries are essential institutions and should not be compromised. Yet these valuable institutions are in danger. We are seeing funding cuts, service and staffing cuts, aging collections, and deteriorating physical infrastructure as a growing challenge that must be addressed. A campaign for library advocacy throughout the state of Wisconsin is sorely needed. Please join our effort to give libraries this much needed voice.

Rick Krumwiede
Wisconsin Library Association Foundation President

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation

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