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


Upcoming News & Events

The Library will be close at Noon today (2/2/16), will reopen Wednesday (2/3/16)


Take the Library Challenge with others who like to read and talk about books on Saturday, February 6 at 9:30 in the Wisconsin Room at the public library.

            Take the Library Challenge  is a poster calendar for 2016 that encourages readers to sample a variety of books like,  a mystery or thriller, a book that became a movie, a book with a one word title, a book that was written this year, a book that is 100 years old and  at least fifty other suggestions.  Ask for the poster calendar next time you are in the library.

             For a while now, you have been telling us you would welcome a chance to chat about books with others in the community.  So on Saturday morning, February 6 ,  bring a book by an author you love.  Be prepared to say a few words in favor of your book choice and its author.

            Hopefully, those attending will enjoy sharing their selections and hearing about the books others have chosen.  In addition to the chance to talk about books in an informal setting, we will provide coffee and morning treats.  We look forward to seeing you and the book you pick by an author you love.



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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!


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



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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