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"Our catalog is changing!  As of close of business January 30, the transition will be complete.  Although the appearance has changed, the functionality is basically the same.  Contact us if you have any difficulty with the new version."

Serving the Prairie du Chien area since February 20, 1912!


Upcoming News & Events

The Library Board of the City of Prairie du Chien will be accepting applications for the position of Library Technician/Children’s Librarian at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. The Library Technician/Children’s Librarian will serve as part of a team providing excellent customer service to library patrons, handle library equipment and materials in all forms, clerical and other duties specific to libraries, as well as a limited amount of programming for children.  This position is part-time with limited benefits.

Applications and job descriptions are available at the Public Library, 125 S. Wacouta Ave. during regular library hours or online at the Library's website.

Applications must be received on or before Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the Wachute Memorial Public Library.

Nancy Ashmore
Library Director

City of Prairie du Chien
Equal Opportunity Employer


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Click on the image below for the 25 page proposal pdf and contract pfd. *Large file sizes, download times will vary

Click on the image below for the 15 page Concept Design Synopsis pdf and contract pfd. *Large file sizes, download times will vary



Online Access 24/7

Click on the image above or HERE for the Online Catalog that is available 24/7! You can access the ENTIRE database of the Southwest Wisconsin Library System from the comfort of your own home. Patrons can search for items, place holds, renew items, and list the items checked out on their cards.


One-on-One Computer Training & Assistance

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library offers one-on-one computer training and assistance for patrons at no cost by appointment! By offering this program, the library raises awareness of the importance of the public library in providing free public access technology and training. Through the effort, we can build stronger communities and stronger libraries. Please stop and speak to a staff member on how we can help you enhance your computer skill set and literacy!


It's all about the format...

I talked to a couple of people recently who didn't know we carried DVDs, so I thought I would do a quick report on the wide variety of formats we have available for you - and how truly valuable your library card is.

In video formats, we have DVDs, both entertainment and documentary, for children and adults. There are nearly 4000 DVDs for your use, from classic movies

and television series to current films and award-winning documentaries. We will very shortly be adding an exciting new video format for children, the Playaway View.

We also carry audio books in CD and MP3-CD formats, as well as Playaways, which hold an entire book on a tiny unit you can carry in your pocket to listen while you walk, run, bike, garden or almost any physical activity.

We give you access to thousands of ebooks, downloadable audio, video and music - without charge, as long as you have a library card in good standing.

Of course, we still offer traditional print formats in regular and large print. We have books, newspapers and magazines, including children's periodicals. Anything we don't have, we can usually get from another source in our library system or from the state-wide system - just ask!


Our Mission Statement

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library is a customer-driven public utility whose mission is to provide quality resources and services to fulfill individual informational, educational and recreational needs.  The Library provides these resources and services to the people of Prairie du Chien, surrounding communities, and the state.  The Library upholds the principles of intellectual freedom and provides information and materials which reflect all points of view.  The Library serves customers of all ages at all levels of need.  Access and guidance in using library services is provided by a trained staff, using effective technology, in an atmosphere that is welcoming and respectful.


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