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Marathon County Public Library - Athens Branch


Marathon County Public Library - Athens Branch

221 Caroline Street, Athens, Wisconsin 54411

Curbside Pickup during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) closure:

  • Step 1: Place holds using the Library Catalog (V-Cat) or by calling 715-257-7292: Mon. | Tue. | Thu. | Fri., 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wed., 1–6 p.m.
    • You will be notified by phone or email when your requests are available for pickup. You must reply to this notification in order to schedule a pickup time frame.
    • Items owned by some libraries outside of Marathon County may not be available for pickup; click here for details.
  • Step 2: Arrive during your assigned pickup time frame: Mon. | Tue.* | Thu. | Fri., 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wed. 2–6 p.m.
    • If you have a mobile phone, call 715-257-7292 once you've arrived.
    • Once your arrival is confirmed, library staff will move your items to the pickup area.
  • Step 3: Retrieve your items from the pickup area: across from the outside book drop, to the right of the front door.

  • For more info about curbside pickup and how we're keeping our patrons and staff safe, visit

Hours: (closed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus))

History of the Marathon County Public Library - Athens Branch

The Athens Library began as a small collection of books in the Bloczyski Hotel. In 1926, The Athens Women's Club took over management of the library and moved the collection to the Athens Bank. The library again moved in 1941, this time to the Community Hall where it remains today. A county-wide building program brought new quarters for the library. Completed in August 1996, the remodeled space made it possible for the library to quadruple the number of books held at the Athens branch, and to offer a wider range of programs to children.

  • 1947: Athens Library joined the Marathon County Library
  • 1974: Athens Library became a branch of the newly formed Marathon County Public Library