The Brown County Library

Brown County Library, the first county-wide system in the state of Wisconsin, was created in 1968 when the Kellogg Public Library in Green Bay and the De Pere Public Library combined to give all county residents easier access to library materials and services.


In 1980 and 1993, the Brown County Library was named Wisconsin Library of the Year and in 1994, Library Journal and Gale Research Inc. recognized the library’s effective, diverse and efficient service to the community by naming the library, National Library of the Year.


Today, the Brown County Library, comprised of a Central Library, eight branches and bookmobile, serves over 80% of the households in Brown County, and circulates over 2.3 million materials annually. The library is your resource and your community; your history and your future.


Our Mission:

“To be your place for information, entertainment, community, and culture.”


Our Vision:

To be an agent of opportunity that empowers people to be their best and to strengthen the region by celebrating the diversity of the human experience. We seek to be recognized as a community hub for literacy, learning, innovation, and cultural and economic vitality.

Our Values:

By living our values, Brown County Library commits to:

  • Provide free, equitable access to curated resources and services.
  • Offer accessible spaces with welcoming, caring, expert service and staff.
  • Design and deliver early learning and literacy programs for our children and families.
  • Build human capital, and support life-long learning and the pursuit of work and career goals.
  • Invest in technology to bridge digital and opportunity gaps in Brown County communities while supporting innovation, online learning, and creativity.
  • Celebrate ideas, culture, local history, diversity and inclusivity while partnering to build community.

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

The Brown County Library provides welcoming and safe spaces in which the diversity of the human
experience is valued, respected, and celebrated.
Read the full statement here.

Library Programming Mission