The traditional cost of doing business. Before the end of the year, the library director is hoping to get an efficiency consultant and a salary and compensation study done because staffing is the biggest cost for the library and many questions have been raised from the community about it.
The La Crosse Public Library operates a main facility and two branches.
The Fond du Lac Public Library operates a main facility and 2 branches, an "Express" location at the northwest end of the Festival Foods complex on the city's far east side and a "Satellite" location just inside the lobby entrance of St. Agnes Hospital on the city's near east side.
The remaining public libraries are single-site operations.
The La Crosse Public Library has consistently ranked at or near the top of per capita support the state's large public libraries. It ranked #1 in 1996, which is as far as the Department of Public Instruction provides library service data on its website.
And I Quote: "Per capita, that's the most expensive library among all similarly sized cities, perhaps even in the whole state." (7/22/2014)
La Crosse Tribune editorial board speaks up for South Community Library. (9/22/2013)
As St. Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman observed a few years ago, "Try to close a library sometime". (9/18/2013)