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About the Library

A Very Short History.

The original City County Library in Ladysmith was on W. Second Street, and began service in November 1906. It began serving the public with 484 books and a small number of magazines, most of which were donations from community members.

Soon after, a $10,000 Carnegie grant was received and in August of 1907 construction began. The librarian who first worked in the new Carnegie library was Isabel Conklin. The circulation in 1907 was 160 items.

Many directors followed, enlarging the library and improving the scope of services. In 1979, the library joined the Indianhead Federated Library System, and in 2008 became a part of the MORE group which shares the catalog and materials of over 50 libraries.

The Library moved to its current location in 1997. The circulation in 2015 was 109,976 items from within the MORE system and 6,373 downloaded items.

A variety of programs are offered, with a strong focus on children’s services, including a lap-sit program, a preschool story time, school visits, and a summer reading program.


  • Adult and children’s books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, e-books, magazines and newspapers
  • Shared online catalog for over 50 area libraries, with borrowing privileges and free delivery
  • BadgerLink-Wisconsin’s Connection to the World of Information
  • Internet access, with guest access
  • Youth and family programming
  • Loans of items from other libraries throughout Wisconsin
  • Wireless service inside and within a limited distance of the building

Borrowing Information

Rusk County Community Library is a part of the MORE system (My Online REsource) which allows patrons to check out materials from all member libraries. Holds can be placed online at any of the MORE libraries.

  • General Loan Limit — 200 items per person
  • 100 holds per person. Renewals are for the same length of time as the original circulation period
  • Items can be renewed twice if no holds exist for that item.
  • only 10 of the following items per person at one time: DVDs, magazines, and music CDs
  • Books circulate for 3 weeks, and can be renewed. This includes stack-shelved fiction and all non-fiction books for adults, young adults, and children, as well as audio fiction.
  • Boxed TV series on DVD circulate for 2 weeks.
  • DVDs and magazines circulate for 2 weeks.
  • Hot spots circulate for 2 weeks.