Friends of the Library

Support the Arts, Support the Friends

Get up to 50% off original, beautiful artwork from nationally represented artists.

The Friends of the Library are selling coupons for a prorated discount on artwork purchased at the By James Behind the Brewery Gallery. Coupons are now on sale in the Friends Book Shop, during Monday Morning Book Sales, or directly from members of the Friends.

$10 for 10% off
$20 for 20% off
$30 for 30% off
$40 for 40% off
$50 for 50% off


Proceeds from coupon sales go directly to support the La Crosse Public Library. Coupons are good now through December 9, 2017 on art at the By James Behind the Brewery Gallery, 1026 Front Street South. One piece of art per coupon. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase fine art at incredible discounts, while also supporting the library. 

For questions, please contact the Friends of the Library at (608) 789-7149.






Friends of the Library Book Sale Dates

Weekend Book Sales


Our weekend book sales are held quarterly at the La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main Street. A preview sale is always held the night before as a special bonus for Members of the Friends of the Library. Join the Friends or renew your membership at the door to gain access to the preview sale.

Winter Book Sale
Saturday, January 27 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Preview night for members: Friday, January 26 from 5:00-7:00 PM

Monday Book Sales

The Friends of the Library will be holding book sales every Monday morning from September-November! Browse the massive collection of used books, videos, records, magazines and more in our lower level book room. All items are $1 or less! All proceeds go to support the La Crosse Public Library.

Hours: 9 AM--1 PM

The Friends of the Library will be opening their lower level book room for books sales every Monday from September 11-December 4 as part of Monday Mornings at Main


About the Friends of the Library

Friends encourage the use of the Library as a center for the educational and cultural life of the community, by emphasizing the following goals:   

  • To foster closer relations between the library and the citizens of La Crosse by focusing public attention on library services, facilities, resources and needs.
  • To assist in making funds available for special needs beyond the library budget.
  • To influence the gifts of books and other materials, desirable collections, endowments, and bequests to the library through ways approved by the La Crosse  Library Board of Trustees.
  • To encourage participation of volunteers in all the activities that meet the needs of the library.

 Download our brochure and become a member!

To contact the Friends, call the First Floor Book Shop: 608-789-7149


Board of Directors

Leslie Hill, President     
Wendy Butler, Vice-President               
Mary Ellen Stolder, Secretary                       
Sarah Papke, Treasurer    
Susan Austin
Kris Betz
Margaret Fleming
Karen Hillary
Ann Keuper
Beth Sciborski
James Szymalak
Marge Weiske     


Activities of the Friends

The Friends' board meets ten times a year to maintain and execute the established goals, providing for the needs of the La Crosse Public LIbrary in the future. Activities of the Friends include:

  • Book sales for members and the public are held regularly and listed on the events calendar. Volunteers are essential to these popular sales. Stop in the Bookshop, or call to volunteer: 608-789-7149.
  • The Bookshop is located at the south entrance of the Main library and provides for the ongoing sale of quality donated materials. The Friends also have a small selection at the North and South branches of the library.
  • Funding for non-budgeted library needs such as equipment, materials, library programs, and staff development.
  • Hospitality needs for Friends' meetings, library functions and staff events.
  • Publication of the Friends' newsletter.

The Friends support numerous programs including:

  • Books and Brunch
  • Archives' Dark La Crosse Tours
  • Children's programming (98%!)
  • Americorps Literacy Project
  • The Seed Library

First Floor Book Shop Hours

Mon 4-8 pm
Tues 11 am-3 pm
Weds 11 am-3 pm
Thurs 11 am-5 pm
Fri 1-5 pm
Sat 11am -5 pm
Sun 1-5 pm