Monday -Thursday 9AM-7PM
Friday 9AM-4PM
Saturday 9AM-1PM

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Phone: 608-269-2010

WRLS Events & Continuing Education Calendar

WRLS-specific meetings, events, and workshops as well as significant non-WRLS conferences and workshops. Subscribe to this calendar with its .ics link or email cole@wrlsweb.org for access.

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Winding Rivers Library System
980 W City Highway 16
West Salem, WI 54669

(608) 789-7151

To contact WRLS staff directly, please
visit our WRLS Staff Directory

WRLS History & Mission

The mission of Winding Rivers Library System is to promote, plan for, and facilitate library development and cooperation in the seven-county area.


Our History

The Winding Rivers Library System began as the La Crosse Area Library Development in 1965: the product of a demonstration project funded by a federal grant.  At the end of the project in 1970, Juneau, La Crosse and Monroe counties decided to continue the cooperation and formed the La Crosse Area Library System, with the headquarters in La Crosse.  Trempealeau County joined in 1978; Jackson and Buffalo Counties in 1979.  Because of the expanding area of the System, the name was changed in 1978 to Winding Rivers Library System.

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980 W City Highway 16
West Salem, WI 54669

Phone: (608) 789-7151

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