About the Library

History
The Brillion Public Library was organized by the Brillion Women's Club in 1928. January 5, 1929 was the first official day of business in the Village Council Chamber. The library was open twice a week. Aided by a donation from Johanna Schwartz, the library expanded and moved into the new city hall in 1952. The Woman's Club discontinued its sponsorship in 1959 when the library was incorporated as a Municipal Library. In 1971, the Henry Ariens family donated the family homestead to the City of Brillion. In October 1972, R.D. and Linda Peters financed the construction and furnishing of the new library. The building was officially presented to the city on August 27, 1974. An addition was built onto the library in 1991. In 1993, thanks to the assistance from NSC, Inc., the Brillion Library collection became automated. Elevator access to the lower level occurred in 2006. Today, the Brillion Library is a progressive institution that is open many more hours than the original library and provides many services to the public as well as a growing collection of materials and information that meets the needs of the community. The library is fully automated and offers Internet access to the public.

Materials & Collections
The Brillion Library offers a variety of books and materials for check out and use in the library for people of all ages. The Library has a number of Special collections to help the public find information quickly in these areas. The collections are the following:

Special Collections

  • Consumer Section - contains information on consumer issues, help on selecting products and services, as well as help on legal and financial issues.
  • Travel Section - contains both videos and travel guides on a variety of places around the world and the United States.
  • Literacy Section - contains materials to help learn, including videos on taking the GED test and guides for passing the CDL tests.
  • Parenting Section - contains a variety of materials for parents to help in raising their children to become adults. This section includes videos as well as study aids for school, and was created with a grant received by the Brillion Public Schools.
  • Wisconsin Section - contains a variety of information related to the state, and includes local genealogy information.
  • Repair Section - contains manuals and guides on a variety of repairs and maintenance areas from automobiles to snow blowers to appliances to houses.
  • Career Section - contains materials on selecting a career, finding a job and going to school. It includes resume guides and guides on taking tests from ACT to SAT to GRE and more! A file of careers and schools is a part of the career section.
  • Health & Wellness Section - contains materials on a variety of help and wellness issues. The collection was developed as part of a CACHF grant and now includes books, videos, dvds, audiocassettes and magazines on a variety of health topics.
  • House & Garden Section - contains materials with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating one’s house or yard.
  • Business Section - contains materials to help set up a business or improve your current business.
  • Spanish Section - contains materials to help Spanish speaking users learn English. Materials are in book, audio and video formats.

Children’s Collections
The children’s collection includes picture books, board books, beginning readers, paperbacks and juvenile fiction books. There are children's dvds, music on compact disc, and audio books available for checkout.  A S.E.E.D.S. library of developmental toys is available for checkout.  Parenting resources to help raise children are also included.

Young Adult Section
The section includes paperbacks and hardcovers, audiobooks, and magazines.

Audio Visual Material
The Library contains audio materials in different formats.  A large collection of music CDs are available for checkout.  DVDs of many current movies, topical subjects including travel are available.  The library has a collection of music on compact discs.

The Library has microfilm of the Brillion News, Chilton Times and some Hilbert and Reedsville Newspapers as well as census from the area counties. Microfilm can be viewed and printed or saved on a microfilm viewer/ printer.

Pamphlet File
The Library has a pamphlet file with local history information and 4-H pamphlets.

Magazines
The Library subscribes to over 100 different magazines on a variety of topics. Magazines can be checked out or read in the library.

Newspapers
The Library subscribes to the following daily newspapers:

  • Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Manitowoc Herald-Times
  • Post Crescent
  • USA Today

Weekly newspapers:

  • Brillion News
  • Chilton Times-Journal