Legislative changes during the past two decades have made the role of Wisconsin's counties even more vital to the development of our state's public libraries. In 1998 Governor Thompson signed SB 269 which became law as 1997 Act 150. The provisions in this law that have had the greatest impact are those relating to county library planning and funding. In 2006 Governor Doyle signed SB 272 which became law as 2005 Act 420. Among other changes, this bill extended county library funding requirements to libraries in adjacent counties. And most recently, in 2014 Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 288 which became law as 2013 Act 157. The provisions in this law relate to consolidated county public library funding and non-resident library use.
- FAQ About County Library Planning
- Outline of a Sample County Library Plan
- FAQ About County Library Funding to Adjacent Counties
- Guidelines for Collection of Public Library Nonresident Usage Statistics
- 2020 County Library Tax Exemption Calculation guide. A guide for cities, towns, or villages that apply for exemption from the county library tax under s. 43.64.