Local History

The Local History collection includes books, plat maps, cemetery records, local family history records, photo collections, videos, and vertical files with local news. Search digitized collections at the link below.

Local History


Cedarburg Public Library holds microfilm for News Graphic (1883-2011), the 1850 U.S. Census, Wisconsin County Histories, National Geographic (1972-1973), and microfiche for Time Magazine (1965-2009). A microfiche and microfilm reader is available at the library. Interlibrary Loan requests may be made for microfilm material not held at the library.


Print copies of local newspapers such as the Ozaukee Press, News Graphic, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are available for reading in the library. All newspapers are located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Cedariel Yearbooks 1950-2020

Digitized copies of the Cedariel Yearbook are available to view online. Find your old classmates or family members by clicking at the link below. After clicking on the PDF, scroll down to view the pages.

Cedariel Yearbooks

Library History

The Cedarburg Woman’s Club initiated plans for a public library in 1911. Books were acquired through donations and were organized in the State Bank building. The collection found a more permanent home in the 1908 City firehouse building, occupying 2,182 square feet of space.

The library was open to the public two days each week starting in 1912. Librarian, Miss Adele Kroehnke, and three assistants were hired to manage the collection and services. Approximately 243 library cards had been issued and 200 books donated.

City growth led to the building of a new 10,812 square foot library in 1971. This building, located on Hanover Avenue, was designed to hold 60,000 books and seat 70 people.

Cedarburg Public Library automated its catalog and circulation systems in 1995. Two years later a survey found that citizens wanted the library to also improve technology and collections, include a meeting room, provide a larger more modern space, and expand hours. This led to a capital improvement plan for library renovation and expansion.

In 1997 a City and Town Joint Library Board studied the library needs of the Cedarburg community through a series of forums and focus groups. Planning for a new library ensued for the next 17 years. Planning included a capital campaign to raise $730,000 for furnishing the library. The building itself totaled 6.2 million.

July 12, 2014 the new 25,500 square foot library building opened. It is home to approximately 72,000 items including books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines and newspapers. In addition to the physical collection the library offers online research databases: electronic books, audiobooks, and magazines; and microfilm and microfiche. The library provides computers with Internet access, Microsoft Office software, Adobe Creative Suite, and print capability. Study rooms and a Community Room are available by reservation.


Adult Non-fiction

New Adult Nonfiction books available at Cedarburg Public Library.

12 Rules for Life

By Jordan B. Peterson


By Mirin Fader

Feels Like Home

By Lauren Liess

In Love

By Amy Bloom


By Anderson Cooper Katherine Howe

Truth about Crypto

By Ric Edelman

James Patterson by James Patterson

By James Patterson

I am glad that my mom dead

By Jennette McCurdy


A selection of science fiction and fantasy books available at Cedarburg Public Library.

A Marvellous Light

By Freya Marske

Winter's Orbit

By Everina Maxwell

The Jasmine Throne

By Tasha Suri

Nettle & Bone

By T. Kingfisher

When Women Were Dragons

By Kelly Regan Barnhill

Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse

Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

By Megan Bannen

New Picture Books

New picture books available in the Youth Services Department.

Creepy Crayon

By Aaron Reynolds Peter Brown

The Smart Cookie

By John Jory

All are welcome

By Alexandra Penfold

Time for School, Little Blue Truck

By Alice Schertle

The Crayons Trick or Treat

By Drew Daywalt

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!

By Mo Willems

New JV Fiction

It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit

By Justin A. Reynolds

My Own Lightning

By Lauren Wolk

The School of Whatnots

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

The secret battle of Evan Pao

By Wendy Wan Long Shang

Small Town Pride

By Phil Stamper

Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster Hunter

By Zoraida Córdova

Friendship Stories (middle grades)

Navigating friendships can be rewarding and also challenging in middle and high school.