About HAPL

Our Hudson Area Public Library

The Hudson Area Public Library is located in downtown Hudson on a hill that overlooks the scenic St. Croix River. The location is picturesque and visitors often comment on the beauty of the location. The building, which was built in the 1980s and reflects the modern style of that era, is a two-story building plus a basement. The Library occupies the entire second floor and two-thirds of the main level.

The main level of the Library features an atrium, circulation desk, public computers, a small MakerSpace (iLab), administrative offices, storage room, staff workroom, book return closets (indoor and outdoor), restrooms, and an area for patron holds.

The second floor of the Library is home to the Children’s Area, Young Adult room, magazine reading area, Adult collection, and the History Room. The Children’s Area includes a story time room, a family restroom, a storage room, two staff offices, and two small rooms – the DVD Collection Room and the Tree House Room (reading area). Additionally, the second floor has a large “Board” room located at the very top of the stairs, along with several rooms used for small group meetings or individual studying. The Friends of the Library Book Store and workroom, public restrooms, and the Community Bulletin Board are also located on the second floor.

Mission & Vision

The Hudson Area Public Library exists to:

  • Inspire innovation and inspiration;
  • To engage and connect the community;
  • To support and encourage lifelong learning;
  • To provide access to information and resources.


The Hudson Area Public Library…

  • Is recognized as a leading resource for educational support, self-directed, and lifelong learning;
  • Is a cornerstone of community and provides a welcome gathering place for all;
  • Is a forward-thinking organization that values the potential of each employee;
  • Changes lives for the better through information, innovation, and imagination.

Why Statement

We believe that no matter where you are in life – regardless of age, income, learning ability, or political persuasion – the library transforms and enriches lives.

Core Values

Accountability: To our stakeholders, community partners, and library users.

Collaboration & Teamwork: As a staff, we collaborate and work together to provide excellent services and programming that inspires lifelong learning, promotes literacy, and builds a strong, vibrant community.

Community: We serve the Hudson Area community and provide a warm, welcoming place for all community members.

Excellence: We excel at providing excellent service to our community, at all times and in all circumstances.

Freedom: We provide open and free access to information and resources for all.

Honesty, Trust, Integrity, and Respect: We embrace these virtues in all aspects of service to the community, in stewardship of public and private funding, in customer service, and in our treatment of each other, our patrons, and our community stakeholders.

Innovative and Future Focused: We strive to focus on the future, and we embrace change and emerging technologies, explore new ideas and initiate changes to enhance our service to the community.

Lifelong Learning: We promote lifelong learning and provide dynamic opportunities for all.

Read our full 2019-2021 HAPL Strategic Plan.


You will find accessible spaces in the parking lot on the east side of the building. The north facing entrance has accessible doors. There is also an elevator inside the building.


The Hudson Area Library is in partnership with the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson, and the townships of Hudson and St. Joseph.

City of Hudson
505 3rd Street
Hudson, WI  54016

Town of Hudson
980 County Road A
Hudson, WI  54016

Town of St. Joseph
1337 County Road V
Hudson, WI  54016

Village of North Hudson
400 Seventh Street N.
Hudson, WI  54016


Shelley Tougas

Michelle Saifullah
Programming & Marketing Director

Jamie Smith
Operations Coordinator

Joan Bushman

Christopher Mick

Sara O’Brien
Youth Services Librarian

Camille Young
Youth Services Librarian

Matt Campana
Technical Specialist

Susan Jara
Library Assistant

Amy Ginsbach
Library Assistant

DavyAnn Lee
Library Assistant

Annie Goldberg
Library Assistant

Emilia Reynolds
Library Assistant

Sarah Eral
Library Assistant

Monica Leo
Library Assistant

Gillian Hanke
Tech Services Assistant

Andrew Sackett
Library Aide

Jeff Stepan
Library Aide

Lauren Carrier
Library Aide

Ella Soucy
Library Aide

Katherine Lund
Library Aide

Corine Schilling
Library Aide

Ari Bowers
Library Aide

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