Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm, Saturday: 10am - 1pm • Address: 127 Oak Street West, Frederic, WI 54837

715-327-4979 | Monday-Friday 9am-5pm | Sat 9am-12pm library@fredericlibrary.org

About Us

Kris Surbaugh, Director: surbaugh@fredericlibrary.org
Marlene Nelson, Assistant Director and Teen Services: nelson@fredericlibrary.org
Maria Potvin, Children’s Librarian: potvin@fredericlibrary.org
Jim Schott, Library Assistant III   schott@fredericlibrary.org


Jillian Chell, President

Donna Tietz, Vice President

Lory Gustafson, Secretary

David Ammend

Brad Harlander

Carrie Ayd

Christina White, Treasurer


Meetings are typically the first Monday of the month and are open to the public.

There are no openings at this time. Thank you.

We are always happy to accept those who wish to volunteer their time at the library.  We will train you on shelving library materials, and completing other basic library tasks.  There is also an optional login sheet you can use to track your time spent volunteering for us to be used towards community service credit.  For those interested in volunteering, please talk to the director for further details.


Mission Statement and Goals of the Library

The Frederic Public Library provides quality materials and services in a proficient manner for information, entertainment, intellectual development, and enrichment of the people of the community in a welcoming and courteous environment.

The general library goals of the Frederic Public Library shall be:

  1. To serve all residents of Frederic and the surrounding community.
  1. To acquire and make available to all residents books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and other services to
    1. Become well informed;
    2. Locate answers to questions;
    3. Cultivate the imagination and creative expression;
    4. Develop skills for career and vocational advancement; and
    5. Enjoy leisure by means of reading and other media services.
  1. To acquire the means to provide the most frequently requested materials locally and upon demand.
  1. To make these materials as conveniently available to the people of the community as the library budget will permit. The most current Wisconsin Public Library Standards, as adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology, shall be the goal toward which the library will strive.
  1. To maintain a program of service which locates information, guides reading, organizes and interprets material for people of various backgrounds, and stimulates thinking and intellectual development in individuals of any age.
  1. To seek to identify community needs, provide programs and services to meet such needs, and to collaborate with other organizations, agencies, and institutions to provide programs of service to meet community needs.
  1. To regularly review the goals of the Frederic Public Library and revise them as necessary.
  1. To maintain an annual budget and continually seek to secure new and additional funding opportunities.

Services at the Library

Loan periods


  • Books are loaned for three weeks and may be renewed twice if there are no outstanding holds on the particular item
  • Generally, reference books do not circulate.  Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out
  • Periodicals are loaned for one week and may be renewed once if there are no outstanding holds on the particular item
  • DVDs are loaned for one week and may be renewed once if there are no outstanding holds on the particular item
  • Lucky Day (newly released) DVDs are loaned for only three days and may not be renewed
  • Books on CD are loaned for three weeks and may be renewed once  if there are no outstanding holds on the particular item
  • Materials borrowed from other MORE libararies will be loaned according to the owning library’s loan rules
  • Interlibrary loans from outside the MORE system are due the date indicated by the lending library and not generally renewable
  • First-time patrons are limited to five items, and no more than two DVDs or Audiobooks


  • We are a fine-free library.

If outstanding materials are not returned after 15 days, a notice will be mailed to them.  A second notice of outstanding materials will be sent out after 30 days, followed by a bill at 45 days for the cost of replacing the item, including a service charge for processing and cataloging.  Replacement charges of $100 or more that are not paid within 60 days of the letter of notice will be referred to legal action.

Funds received for replacement of charges for lost materials will be reimbursed to the patron if the materials are returned in good condition within 30 days of paying the charges.

If charges are paid with a check returned for insufficient funds, the library will add the original charges plus the bank service charge to the patron record; send a copy of the charges and the bank statement to the patron; and accept only cash or money order to clear the record.

Patrons with overdue materials, fines and/or replacement costs that would accrue in excess of $9.90 shall be denied borrowing privileges, as well as revoking public computer access, until the replacement costs are paid and the fines are under $10.00.

A patron can request a hold on any item within the IFLS system through the MORE catalog, and have the items delivered to their home library for pick up.  If the patron and library staff can not find the item they are looking for within the IFLS system, library staff can then help patrons request outside our system using Wiscat.  All lending periods and late fees for borrowed items will follow the item’s owning library’s rules.

If library materials are lost, or judged as damaged by library staff as being unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost.  A notice of these charges will be sent to the patron, and legal action will be pursued if the charges are not paid.

We have five public computers available during library hours.  Each patron has up to two, one hour long sessions to be logged onto our computers.  After those hours are up, you will automatically be logged off, and be unable to log back in until the next day.  For your protection and privacy, all personal data on the computers will be wiped clean each time a patron logs off.  If all computers are full, you can sign up on our Pharos software program to hold your spot in line for the next available computer.


We also provide free WiFi for all your mobile devices.  When we are closed, our WiFi can still be accessed in the breezeway at the entrance of the library.

Printing and photocopies are available at the library.  All (black and white, or color) copies are .25 cents per page.  We also have a scanner that is free to use.  If you need help using the scanner, copier, or computers, please ask one of the librarians for assistance.

Proctoring services are available for students taking classes online.  To setup for a proctored test in advance, please visit the library and contact the director to fill out a proctor form at least two weeks prior to the day of the test, or fill out the form here Test Proctor Request Form and submit it to us in person, or email it to us at library@fredericlibrary.org.  The student is responsible for all printing fees, if any apply.


Who We Are –

Mission Statement – “The Friends of the Frederic Library support the library in developing its facilities and services for the community, encouraging gifts and bequests to the library, and stimulating greater public support and use of the Frederic Public Library.”

The Friends of the Frederic Library raise funds from annual dues and other contributions from members, sponsorship of book and bake sales and various other fund raising activities.

The Friends also provide volunteer support and advocate for the library by being active members of our community.

How We Help the Library –

  • Purchase materials such as adult and juvenile reference books, books on special topics, and other books of interest for the library.
  • Fund the purchase of materials such as music CDs, DVDs, audio books and other formats for library patrons.
  • Apply for grants for various library services and programs.
  • Raise funds for the library to supplement needs not met by the annual library budget.
  • Support the summer reading program and encourage participation within our surrounding community.
  • Promote new and existing programs of the library.
  • Raise community awareness and support for the Library.

Frederic Public Library
127 Oak Street West
Frederic, WI 54837

M - F  9 - 5  | Sat 9 - 12