Presque Isle Community Library

About Us

Location

The Presque Isle Community Library is located in Presque Isle, Wisconsin, known as "Wisconsin's Last Wilderness." Our address is PO Box 200, physical address is 8306 School Loop Rd. We are located up the hill from the Fire Department and Ball Park, and are connected to the Presque Isle Town Hall and Community Center.

Membership

The library is a member of the Northern Waters Library Service (NWLS), one of 17 systems in Wisconsin, and of the Merlin Library Consortium, serving northern Wisconsin with resources shared by 30 libraries.

History

The Presque Isle Community Library (previously known as Irma Stein Memorial Library) "Has No Walls" .

Irma Stein, a library science graduate from Janesville, WI, took residence in Presque Isle with her husband, Cecil. She was the driving force behind the creation of the Presque Isle Free Library. Our first library was located in the office of the old school, on the site where the Heritage Building stands today. Irma stocked that old office with donated books and eventually moved into a school room after the school closed down. She continued to volunteer her time for 25 years receiving a pittance for a budget.

Pam Eschenbauch started volunteering at the library in 1979, as the Story Time Lady. In 1987 Irma had to retire to a senior facility, and lost her eyesight. Pam took correspondence courses, and became the new Librarian/Director in 1988. Library usage grew and the amount of books increased, and when the new Community Center was built, it included space for the library. We moved in the summer of 1994.

Growth has since continued at a tremendous pace, expansion was necessary and was completed in 2007, and today we are proud to be in this magnificent facility. Our space has more than doubled, and we put a basement under the new area.