About Us

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Vaughn Public Library is dedicated to providing open access to information, materials and services in a welcoming physical environment that supports, connects and empowers all community members through dynamic collections, applied technology, professional librarianship and compassion.

The library adheres to the principles stated in the Library Bill of Rights and in the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements published by the American Library Association (appendices A, B, and C). 

The Vaughn Building has operated as a library since its creation in 1888, a gift to the citizens of Ashland from Stewart and Emeline Vaughn.  The VPL is a municipal library with funding from the City of Ashland, the Counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price and Sawyer.  The library board, appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council, is the governing body with the library director as the chief executive officer. 

For a more extensive history, please follow the link.