System Mission: To promote, plan for, and facilitate library development and cooperation in the seven-county area.
The Winding Rivers Library System began as the La Crosse Area Library Development in 1965: the product of a demonstration project funded by a federal grant. At the end of the project in 1970, Juneau, La Crosse and Monroe counties decided to continue the cooperation and formed the La Crosse Area Library System, with the headquarters in La Crosse. Trempealeau County joined in 1978; Jackson and Buffalo Counties in 1979. Because of the expanding area of the System, the name was changed in 1978 to Winding Rivers Library System.