About the Archives
The Archives & Local History Department at the La Crosse Public Library holds a non-circulating collection of materials which has been developed around two major themes: local history and genealogy.

Mission Statement

The local history emphasis directs the Archives to identify, collect, organize, preserve, publicize and provide public access to primary and secondary resources that document the history of La Crosse.

The Archives also serves as the official repository for historic City of La Crosse public records.

Genealogical collections are broader in scope and reflect the interests and informational needs of La Crosse area residents.


Archives Open for Research Appointments & Test Proctoring


Local History & Genealogy Reference Services

The Archives will continue to accept reference service requests via phone, email, or mail. 

In addition, research appointments can now be scheduled to use archival collections and reading room materials. Only one visitor can use the reading room at a time. Hourly appointments are available to schedule at the following times: 

Monday-Friday: 10-11am, 11-12am, 1-2pm, 2-3pm 

Saturday: 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm 

Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Archives staff so they can determine how best to prepare for your visit and pull research materials.  

Phone: (608) 789-7136 

Email: archives@lacrosselibrary.org  

At this time, appointments are offered only to those who will be using physical archival collections or test proctoring (see below for details. To use online genealogy databases, please use the computers on the second floor of the Library near Adult Services, or ask Archives staff how to access those services from your home computer. 

Test Proctoring

Archives staff can accomodate test proctoring appointments within the same perameters as the research appointments. Proctoring fee is $20 per exam. Hourly appointments are availalbe to schedule at the following times:

Monday-Friday: 10-11am, 11-12am, 1-2pm, 2-3pm 

Saturday: 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm 

Call (608) 789-7136 or email proctor@lacrosselibrary.org to discuss scheduling your appointment.


Contactless Requests

If you live outside of the area, or would prefer to have a contactless exchange of Archives resources, you may also request that the Archives staff mail you requested photocopies, or send scans via email. You may request this in your communication with Archives staff. Money or check can then be mailed to the Archives for the photocopies or research once the request is complete.


Updates on Archives and Library Services

Please check the main library website (lacrosselibrary.org) and social media for updates regarding updated services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.