About the Library

Strengthening our community through lifelong learning.
The beautiful McMillan Memorial Library provides educational resources and cultural programming for the Wisconsin Rapids area. We aim to provide our community with a suburban style library in a small town setting. We have a coffeehouse, makerspace and the area's largest solar array (235 kW). The Library's collection of over 120,000 books, magazines, audiobooks, music recordings and video recordings is supplemented by an additional three million library holdings of other members of the South Central Library System. South Central Library System holdings may be reserved on the Library's on-line catalog. The Library also provides significant on-line resources, including ebooks, on-line classesmagazine collections, car repair manuals and Consumer Reports

McMillan is the municipal library for City of Wisconsin Rapids, which provides the bulk of its funding. The Library serves all residents of Wood County and significant funding is provided by Wood County.

Wireless Internet access is provided throughout the Library. Internet access is also available on desktop PCs. These stations have word processing/MS Office, color printing and three scanners. Call to reserve any workstation. Use is governed by our Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy.

McMillan Library is a national leader among public libraries offering special programming and exhibitions for all ages. In 1996, McMillan was honored by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution for the Library's 20-year tradition of hosting Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. Special events happen year round at the library. The Library's Adult Concert Series, Library Commons, film series and browser oriented collection are in keeping with the public library's oldest traditions, but also in the forefront of progressive librarianship. McMillan for librarians explains some of these projects and services. A photo tour of the library is available.

The Youth Services area was extensively remodeled in 2014, including a new Children's Garden. The garden includes a Monarch Waystation, comfortable seating and a woodland planting area. The Youth Services area incorporates many concepts borrowed from children's museum. There are drop in activities, learning stations, Osmo software and a puppet theater to keep children active and learning.

The Library's Commons was designed to be a "third place", where the community could gather and interact. It has a coffeehouse, where food and drink are available from opening until 5:00 pm. Food can be consumed anywhere on the Lower Level except the Fine Arts Center.

The Media Studio is McMillan's implementation of a makerspace. The equipment list and programming is constantly changing, so check our calendar.

The Fine Arts Center is a  250 seat theater, with stage lights, sound board, wireless microphone, projection equipment and a piano. It is used for movies, concerts and other presentations and performances.

The Library is home to the area's largest solar array, a 235 kW project. 

The Library was founded in 1890 and was formerly the T.B. Scott Public Library. Information about the history of the Library and its previous locations is located elsewhere on the website.

Strengthening our community through lifelong learning.
McMillan Memorial Library provides the following educational and cultural services:
Print and Audiovisual Materials
Electronic Resources
Staff Expertise
Community Commons Area
Meeting Rooms
Special Events

Reaching Us
Checkout: 715-422-5133 
Adult Desk: 715-422-5136
Children's Desk: 715-422-5131
Outreach: 715-422-5123
Business Office: 715-422-5129
General: 715-423-1040
Fax: 715-423-2665
TDD: 715-422-5138
Online catalog: http://www.linkcat.info/  
Web site: www.mcmillanlibrary.org
Ask McMillan E-Mail reference service

Library Board
The Mayor of Wisconsin Rapids appoints most of the members of the Library Board, including one City Council member. The Wood County Board of Supervisors is also represented on the Library Board. The Superintendent of the Wisconsin Rapids School District (or designee) is a member by statute. Board Roster.

Visiting the Library