Red Cliff, WI
 Exciting News - The Red Cliff Library opened on April 18, 2015!
Read about it at the bottom of this page


     In the spring of 2010, The Rural Library Project was contacted by a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies with a request for assistance.  A group of UW-Madison SLIS faculty, staff and students were working with a small Ojibwe tribe in Northern Wisconsin to revive a once-vital library that had been closed.  The Red Cliff band of Lake Superior Chippewa ( has approximately 1,500 resident members and the Red Cliff Reservation encompasses nearly 23 square miles adjacent to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.



     In September 2010, we accompanied a group of UW-Madison SLIS faculty and staff and a Chicago-based architect to Red Cliff and presented a workshop to Tribal leaders on our experience creating new libraries.  We also toured the reservation to look at possible library sites in existing structures and for new building construction.




     The Rural Library Project returned to Red Cliff in March 2011 to meet with Tribal leaders, the recently formed Red Cliff Tribal Library (Mazina’igan Wakai’igan) committee, and some of the SLIS project staff and students.  Together we reviewed the project progress and discussed project planning, community organizing, and library design and location.  We also visited a couple of sites that the Tribe was looking at more closely for construction of a new library, education center, and tribal archives facility.




Site of the future Library and Cultural Center


     Through 2010 and 2011, the Red Cliff Tribe was also working hard on another major construction project: The Legendary Waters Resort and Casino (  This 78,000-square feet, multi-million dollar investment opened in August 2011 and has helped move the library project forward as Tribal members see new economic opportunity on the reservation. 


     The Rural Library Project is honored and delighted to participate in the collaboration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS and the Red Cliff Tribe to create a library and cultural education center reflecting the Anishinaabe heritage of the Northern Wisconsin woods and lakeshore.



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