Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Some Libraries Sharing Municipal Facilities

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Library buildings
Appleton Public Library
In the previous blog post I discussed some newly completed “stand alone” library buildings in Wisconsin in 1904.  Libraries, however, often shared a facility with another part of municipal government. This often preceded a separate library building. For smaller communities this was more common.  One example of a larger community where this occurred is the public library in Appleton, WI (see postcard above). Appleton dedicated a new municipal building in 1900. The public library occupied the first floor of the building and the City Hall was located on the second floor. This arrangement continued until 1939 when the City Hall moved out of the building, and the library occupied the entire building. 
Clinton Public Library
The Clinton Public Library (above)shared a building with the city hall and the fire department. The library was located on the left side of the building and the fire department on the right side with the City Hall in the middle. Note the fire lookout tower behind the fire station.
Portage Public Library
The Portage Public Library (above) shared a building with the armory (for Company F) and the city hall. The library was on the left, the armory in the middle, and the city hall on the right.
Stoughton Public LibraryThe Stoughton Public Library shared a building with the city hall and an opera house. 
These are only a few examples of public libraries that shared a municipal facility.

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, July 20, 2018

Categories

Popular Tags

WLA 125 Ripon Public Library Hall fo Fame 2012 Inform Wisconsin Special libraries Eratus Swift Wilcox campa Library Systems Eager Free Public Library Gerald A. Somers Katharine MacDonald Jones Milwaukee Public Library Hall of Fame 2012 10 Appleton Public Library 11 Beloit Public Library Madison Public Library School libraries campaign bookworm Bookmobiles Postcards UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Milwaukee Art Museum Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries WLA 125 ca James Duane Doty Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Hall of Fame 2012 WWI Library War Service 22 School of Library and Information Studies Campaign John Miller Chancellor Ice Storm Hall of Fame 2013 Centennial Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries UW-Milwaukee Libraries caly film caly film Gertrude Thurow Carl Spitzweg World War I Carnegie libraries Campaign Wayne A. Wiegand background Middleton Public Library Clinton Public Library Suring Area Public Library library exhibit Wisconsin Free Library Commission Campaign anniversaries National Bookmobile Day 27 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Milwaukee Public Library Superior Carnegie Libraries WLA 125 Postcards I Love Libraries campaign Increase A. Lapham cam Events Hall of Fame 2010 Hall of Fame 2015 UW-Madison school of library and information studies Sandra Friedman Dolnick Hall of Fame 2015 Jerome P. Daniels S. Janice Kee COLAND Brown Deer Public Library American Library Association National Library Week Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Marketing-Publicity Library people Zona Gale State Law Library 24 McMillan Memorial Library Larry T. Nix Hall of Fame 2017 Cornelia Marving Pierce Bernard Schwab Matthew S. Dudgeon 28 books-by-mail Hall of Fame 2008 William J. Wilson traveling libraries Capitol Fire 1904 Parcel post John J. Jax membership libraries bed and breakfast Hall of Fame 2015 Publications Pewaukee Public Library Library celebrations Digital Collections Oshkosh Public Library Irene W. Newman Anniversaries Rusk County Community Library Academic Libraries Ruby Roeder trav Exhibits Edward Asahel Birge Public libraries Louise S. Robbins library education Hall Historical Register Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Events & Meetings Uncategorized Manitowoc Public Library J. D. Witter Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Black River Falls Public Library Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services library legislation Sarah Janice Kee 14 Charles Bunge Council on Library and Network Development 23 Library Buidlings Ruth Ann Montgomery Wilbur Lyle Eberhart WLA 125 Frank Avery Hutchins presentations Dorothea M. Krause Public libraries Brown Deer Public Library hall of Hall of Fame 2009 WAAL Richard E. Krug CCBC Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries James Huff Stout Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Lowell W. Wilson Beaver Dam Public Library Library Buildings Lutie Stearns Gilbert H. Doane Evansville Wisconsin Hartford Public Library Wisconsin Library Association Public library systems Clarence Brown Lester Soughton Public Library Lutie Eugenia Stearns Hall of Fame 2014 People Library Trustees buil campaign Cam Meter mail slogans Orrilla Blackshear 21 Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission DeForest Area Public Library caly film library memorabilia Library History Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library Artifacts Woman's Congress 20 Cooperative Children's Book Center Library e Academic Librarians Hall of Fame 2011 Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Elroy Public Library Pinback buttons Black River Falls Postcards Jane K. Billings Anniversaries Hall of Fame 2016 Wisconsin State Law Library Library people Postcards Nolan I. Neds Wisconsin Library Bulletin Buttons Dianne McAfee Hopkins Peter G. Hamon Delia Ovitz Wisconsin Historical Society Events & Meetings archives T. B. Scott Free Public Library Klaus Linderfelt Brown County Library Amer state historical society Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Tower Hill Wisconsin Wisconsin Rapids American Library Association Library War Service Portage Public Library WHCLIS Hall of Fame 2015 Library People White House Conference on Library and Information Services Hall of Fame 2012 Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo