Walter E. Olson Memorial Library

203 N. Main Street (715)479-8070

Adult Book Club


Our adult book group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Library Community Room. The group creates a list of titles every few months and is always open to new suggestions.  Participants can borrow copies of the books from the library or order them, whenever possible, through interlibrary loan. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming titles and summary

Date       Title
May 7th 

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

June 4th     Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

July 2nd Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill (Editor)


The Olson Memorial Library offers many services and special collections to our patrons and the community.

  • Public access computers which include word processing, email, educational games and printing capabilities
  • FREE 24 hour wireless access
  • Laminator and color copier
  • Fax service
  • Loanable LCD projector with attachment cables for most laptops
  • Slide projector
  • Screens
  • Conference/meeting room: make reservations ahead of time; it's a popular place!
  • Sorenson nTouch videophone for the deaf and hard-of-hearing which enables the user to conduct conversations through a video relay system using American Sign Language. The nTouch software is installed on a library laptop with a built-in camera and is available free of charge
Special Collections
  • Fishing HotSpot maps for northern Wisconsin lakes and Upper Michigan lakes can be checked out like a book (for two weeks).
  • Cake pans are available for checkout just like books.  Search in our catalog under the subject: cake pans
  • Kids' activity kits including puppets and games; Weekly story times and fascinating summer library programs
  • Large audio and video collections, both VHS and DVD

Copy Machines and FAX

The library has a copy machine for public use.  

Black and white copies are:

  • .15/side for 8 1/2 x 11 and 8 1/2 x 14
  • .25/side for 11x17

Color copies are: 

  • .25/side for 8 1/2 x 11 
  • 1.25/side for 8 1/2 x 14
  • 1.75/side for 11 x 17 

Our printer is accessible from our public use computers.  Printouts are .10/page.

The Library also offers fax services at $1.00/page. A staff member will send your FAX for you. 

Inter-Library Loan

Need that special item that's not available here at Olson Memorial Library?  Just search one of the other libraries within the Northern Waters Library System or ask us to find it for you.  You also have at your disposal a vast array of resources and library systems that can help you get that elusive book, thesis, genealogy, or archived newspaper article.  Use the links below or just call and ask; chances are good we will be able to locate what you need.

Merlin Online Library Catalog logo

Merlin is the catalog shared by NWLS member libraries. Your Merlin card number can be used to access your account and place holds, request items from other libraries, renew your items, or check the status your library record.

 Wiscat - Catalog of public and academic libraries in the state of Wisconsin WISCAT is the state-wide shared library catalog that allows us to borrow items through interlibrary loan.  If you are not finding what you want in our local library/NWLS catalog, you can search state-wide to see if another library in Wisconsin owns it.  Always check Merlin first, just in case.

Use the WISCAT link and your Merlin card number to access the catalog and find the item you are looking for.  Once you find the item you want, use the Request this item button located on the item page to place your request.  You can create your own WISCAT account to keep track of the status of your WISCAT request.     

You can also make inter-library loan requests by email or by calling the library (715) 479-8070.  Once your request is in we will notify you and you can pick up and return the item at the library.

Mail-A-Book Service

Do I qualify for library services by mail?

The NWLS Mail-A-Book program is a county-funded library service for people of all ages who cannot use a public library because of disability or travel limitation or living in areas without a local public library. Walter E. Olson Memorial Library is a member of NWLS and this service is available to residents of Vilas County.

Eligibility for the Mail-A-Book service is outlined on the Mail-A-Book Card Application

To apply for Mail-A-Book service, print, complete, sign, and send the application to the address on the application.

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is a also a service available to Wisconsin residents eligible for access to special collections of Braille and recorded books, audio-described videotapes and DVDs, playback and digital equipment. For more information visit or phone (800) 242-8822.