Mon & Thur 1-8, Tue / Wed / Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2, Sun Closed

Colfax Public Library

Local History

The first library in Colfax was a “travelling” book shelf started by the Ladies’ Reading Club in 1904. While usually kept at the post office, this twenty book collection circulated around the community as needed. It was the only (public) access to books Colfax residents had until the opening of their own public library in 1916. Colfax’s newly constructed Municipal Building on Main Street included a library space, and remains the home of the Colfax Public Library to this day.

Over the years, a series of visionary women headed the library. A plaque in the library commemorates the following directors:

  • Jennie Rosenberg, 1923 – 1950
  • Alice Hawkins, 1950 – 1967
  • Elaine Hammer, 1967 – 1980
  • Gail Svee, 1980 – 1991
  • Amy Podmolik, 1991 – 1993
  • Mary Larson, 1993 – 2000
  • Lisa Ludwig, 2000 – 2015

In 2003 the Colfax Municipal Building was placed on the State Register of Historical Buildings, and in 2004 it was added to the National Register.

During the tenure of Director Lisa Ludwig, the library card catalog was digitized and the Colfax Public Library joined the MORE consortium. 



1958 Colfax, WI Tornado

To see more digitized photographs of the 1958 Colfax Tornado, check out the UW Digital Collection Center State of Wisconsin Collection.

Colfax Public Library
613 Main Street
P.O. Box 525
Colfax, WI 54730


Mon & Thur 1-8
Tue / Wed / Fri 10-5
Sat 10-2
Sun Closed