Other Services

 Book and DVD Rentals

Renting a book or dvd offers a faster way for users to checkout the latest DVDs and popular fiction titles and avoid waiting for reserved items. Browse the rental collection shelf on the main floor.

  • The rental fee is added to your account and must be paid at the time of checkout.
  • Rental fee for DVDs is $1.00 for a 3 day loan period. Overdue fees are $1.00 per day per dvd.
  • Rental fee for books is $2.00 for a 10 day loan period. Overdue fees are $.50 per day per book.
  • The first day of checkout counts as the first day of the loan period.
  • Rental items must be checked out at the circulation desk by staff. Return rental items to the Hudson Area Library.

The entire rental collection in the catalog can be viewed by clicking Hudson Rental Collection. Rental items are available on a first come, first serve basis and items cannot be reserved or renewed.

Book Discussion Kits

Book Discussion Kit Guidelines for Hudson owned kits:

  • Book discussion kits may be checked out for eight weeks. They may not be renewed.

  • Kits are checked out to one person. Members of the group should get their copies from the person who checked out the kit. Kits come as a set. Individual items from the kit may not be checked out.

  • The individual who checks out the kit is responsible for the return of the complete kit.

  • Overdue book discussion kits will be fined $1 per day per kit, with a maximum fine of $20 per kit.

  • All materials in each kit must be returned together; a library staff member will inventory the kit upon return.

The entire book discussion kit collection in the catalog can be viewed by clicking Book Kit Collection.


We have two self-service copiers. Letter, legal and ledger (11x17) size copies are 10 cents each and color copies (letter and legal only) are 50 cents each.

Local History Room

history room


The idea of a History Room was first proposed in the fall of 1982 to provide a room to be used for the storage of local history records - the room and its contents to be available to patrons for perusal of historical information. Many of the original contributions were from the University of Wisconsin River Falls Archives and Area Research Center.

Funding was received from the Williams Trust, used book sales, sale of the historical survey book "Buildings from the Past", and various individuals and organizations including St. Croix County Abstract, Hudson Area Senior Citizens, State Bank of Hudson, Duro Bag, Willis Miller, Bill and Catherine Heiting, Lorraine Jacobs, John Heywood and the City Council.

The Hudson Woman's Club purchased newspaper microfilm. Additional microfilm was purchased with donations from the Pierce County Historical Society, The St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society and the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Archives. Al Weitkamp made shelving and Nor-Lake donated the cost of shelf materials. The history room opened in early 1984.

Access policies and procedures for use of the History Room colelctions were established in May 1983:

  • Materials cannot be checked out and must be used in the history room.
  • Patrons are asked to sign a register which shows name, address and any other information deemed necessary for the safety of the materials.
  • Where feasible, fragile materials will be copied and copies used rather than the originals.
  • Name of the room to be the Hudson Area History Room. It was recommended to have Genevieve Cline Day recognized as an important local historian, either by hanging her picture in the room or by honoring her in some other way.

In 2003, the St. Croix County Historical Society was asked if they would like to become involved in the maintenance of the History room and its collections. Since then, Historical Society volunteers have contributed numerous hours organizing the materials and developing the collections.

Through the efforts of the Friends of the Library, additional books have been added. The Friends have also contributed money for the purchases of supplies and funded the printing and binding of a copy of the "Hudson Area Biographical Index". This index has 9,200 pages in 24 volumes.

The Collection

Focus of the collection is the city of Hudson, the St. Croix Valley and St. Croix County. The collection includes books, manuscripts, maps, microfilm, newspapers, school yearbooks, phone books, church books and local cemetery indexes.

One of the most useful resources in the collection is the "Hudson Area Biographical Index (HABI)" complied by Willis H. Miller. The HABI is a comprehensive listing of the names and information on more than 56,000 Hudsonites. It covers the "Hudson Star Times" from 1890 to 1905 and the "Hudson Star-Observer" from 1909 through 2005, as well as some earlier newspapers.


Inquiries on genealogy or local history will be answered as time permits. Initial research (about one hour) is free; copies are 10 cents per page, plus postage. Donations are always welcome. The volunteer staff does not have time to perform extensive "for pay" research.

Volunteer Schedule

The History Room is staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - 4 pm. We encourage visitors to email ahead to verify the availablity of a volunteer on any given date: hudsonhistory@gmail.com.

The room is available to patrons during regular library hours. However, it is locked when it’s not staffed.  Patrons who wish to use the room when it’s not staffed may sign-in with a valid ID at an information desk on the second floor. 

Additional Area Resources

St. Croix County Vital Records - Register of Deeds
1101 Carmichael Road
Hudson, WI 54016
Register of Deeds

Divorce and Civil Court Records - Clerk of Courts
1101 Carmichael Road
Hudson, WI 54016
Clerk of Courts

St. Croix County Historical Society
1004 Third Street
Hudson, WI 54016
St. Croix County Historical Society

St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 396
River Falls, WI 54022
St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society

UW-River Falls Area Research Center
Chalmer Davee Library
120 Cascade Avenue
River Falls, WI 54022
UW-River Falls Area Research Center

Tax Forms

The Library carries tax forms during the months of January-April. The remainder of the year you may download forms from the Internet.

Computer / Internet Access

internet computersWe have 19 computers for public Internet access (one is in the Teen area).

  • The Internet computers require a MORE library card to logon and may be used 1 hour per day with an additional hour if computers are available.
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010 or 2007 is installed on all computers.
  • Black and white printing is 10 cents per page, color is 50 cents per page.


Free WiFi is available on both floors.