124 Main Street • P.O. Box 204
Woodville, WI 54028
Phone 715-698-2430 • Fax 715-698-2441
Monday 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 12 pm - 5 pm
Thursday 10 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 pm - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 12 pm
We're located in a renovated, century-old building on Woodville's Main Street. Woodville Community Library, as a MORE library, has educational, informational and recreational materials in a wide variety of formats. In addition to books you'll find:
- Magazines for all ages
- Newspapers (Baldwin Bulletin, Woodville Leader, Glenwood City Tribune, USA Today)
- Large-print books, audio books, and DVDs (popular and instructional)
- Computers for internet access and free WI-FI
Woodville Library History (from the library files)
In July of 1963, Lou Nestingen, Florence Swenson, LaVerne Winckler and Tee Heiser met with Professor Cooklock of River Falls about the possibility of starting a library in Woodville. These local people and Bud Fredrick then asked for and received permission from the Village Board to use the police room in the former Village Hall (above the clinic) for the library. State certification and support was secured from the Wisconsin State Library Commission on the second try. The state promised 1,000 books as a startup collection. In July of 1963, the Woodville Library Club was born.
On August 29, 1963, the Woodville Village Board voted to donate $500 and the room in the Village Hall (Lions Den) rent free to house the fledgling library. Volunteers worked weekday evenings for two and a half months in order to transform the room into suitable library space while other volunteers provided meals and refinished donated tables and chairs.
In mid-November, 1963, the carton of books arrived from the state. The members of the Library Club readied the books for circulation by typing circulation cards and gluing on spine labels before placing them on the shelves.On November 20, 1963, a Grand Opening introduced the residents of Woodville to their new library. The Woodville Library opened to the public on November 23, 1963. It was named the Woodville Community Library to reflect the intention to include and encourage use from surrounding townships. The first Library Board appointed consisted of Tee Heiser, Bud Fredrick, Oren McCulloch, Louis Olsen, and Florence Swenson.
Florence Swenson then became the first librarian, serving from 1963 to 1970. Her starting salary was $1.00 an hour. From 1970 to 1977, Jan Leaf served as librarian. In 1977, the Library moved into two rooms in the Pioneer Building, and Judy Rodel became librarian, serving until 1991. Lissa List was hired as librarian in 1991, and continued to serve the community in that capacity until 2000, when the library moved into the former Aaby plumbing and heating building in downtown Woodville on Main Street.
The relocation of the library in 2000 resulted from the Woodville Economic Development Corporation's initiative to revitalize downtown Woodville. The corporation used funds from returns on its industrial park investments to purchase the vacant Aaby building. The village government then appropriated the necessary funds for remodeling and is leasing the facility with an option to buy it. The community raised more than $30,000 through fundraisers and private donations to pay for furnishings. The beautifully renovated building's interior features the original sculpted metal ceiling, new oak trim, period lighting and a turn-of-the-century exterior.