A branch of the Door County Library
9996 Water Street, Old Village Hall
P.O. Box 150, Ephraim, WI 54211
Free public library materials and computers for tourists and residents
HOURS (closed holidays)
Labor Day-Memorial Day
Monday 3:00 – 7:00pm
Tuesday 10:00 - 3:00pm
Wednesday 10:00 - 3:00pm
The catalog is a database of shared resources of the OWLSnet consortium of over 50 Northeast Wisconsin libraries. Anyone with an OWLSnet /Infosoup library card (available free at any Door County Library) may access Infosoup catalog from home or in the library. By logging into your library account, you may view your checked-out items and holds, renew items, place holds on materials, see if you have fines and choose to keep your own reading history.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EPHRAIM PUBLIC LIBRARY
Our library started years ago with the gift of a few books in the early 1930's. Some were placed in the corner of the village barber shop; others were stored in the attic of the village hall. Eventually, as materials accumulated, additional space was provided in the attic and subsequently in the basement of the village hall.
In 1950, the library became part of the Door-Kewaunee Regional Library project and the materials were classified and cataloged. When that project ended in December 1952, the Ephraim Library became a branch of the Door County Library. That affiliation continues today.
Eventually, the limited basement quarters proved inadequate. In 1961, an addition was built to the village hall for a cost of $14,300. VerraSauer, Librarian (1950-1963) and Dr. David Stevens, head of the library committee, spearheaded this project. Permanent and summer residents of Ephraim subscribed all of this cost. The new structure was shared by the information center and the library.
Initially, the library was open 10 hours per week. That increased to 14 hours per week when Jane Shea (1963-1979) was librarian. Sally Jacobson (1979-1995) was librarian when the information center moved out in the mid-1980's and the library increased to its present size.
In 1997 the library was renovated with new floor covering, bookshelves, computer workstations and librarian's workspace. Our present librarian, Mary Sawyer is on duty 14 hours per week in the winter and 22 hours per week in the summer. Visitors and residents alike use the library materials and computers free of charge.