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Library Mission Statement
Public libraries have an essential role in our lives. They encourage community identity, inspire personal development, and expand the concept of life-long learning. Libraries are gathering places where everyone has an opportunity to freely access a seemingly unlimited, borderless world of information and culture. The purpose of the West Allis Public Library is to provide the members of its community with access to materials and services which can improve their minds, broaden their lives, and fulfill their cultural, civic, intellectual, educational, and recreational needs.
Library Mission Statement

Library History
In 1898, a group of twenty-five women organized a Political Science Club for the purpose of cultural development and community enrichment. A lawn party, at the home of one of the members, was soon held to start planning a library for the small Village of North Greenfield. The meeting resulted in the donation of 200 books, a considerable amount of cash, and arrangements to have a traveling library sent from Madison. The women’s Political Science Club evolved into the West Allis Woman’s Club and the small Village of North Greenfield is now the City of West Allis. On January 4, 1899, the first library card was issued for use in that library, which one day would house over 225,000 items and circulate more than 700,000 items each year.
Library History

Library Board
The West Allis Public Library is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees that includes the Superintendent of Schools or his/her representative. The members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed the by the Common Council. Each trustee is appointed for a three year term.
Library Board

Policies and Procedures
The West Allis Public Library has established policies and procedures to guide the library in providing access to materials, programs, and services to patrons of all ages.
Policies and Procedures

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the West Allis Public Library focuses public attention on the library, stimulates the use of the library's resources and services, supports the library in developing and expanding services, and helps fund special library needs.
Friends of the Library

Our Foundation
Several years ago, the Library Board established the Irv H. Terchak Endowment Fund to support the library and benefit future users beyond the level supported by the City of West Allis, helping to make our library a true community treasure.
Our Foundation

Library Strategic Plan 2017-2018
The West Allis Public Library Board of Trustees has adopted this two-year Strategic Plan to help guide the Library forward.
Library Strategic Plan 2017-2018


West Allis Public Library
7421 W. National Ave
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 302-8503
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Library Director
Michael Koszalka

Adult Reference
(414) 302-8500
Circulation
(414) 302-8503
Children's
(414) 302-8502
Administration
(414) 302-8501

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