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The Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS) is one of 17 public library systems in the state of Wisconsin and is organized under the WI Dept. of Public Instruction - (see map below - NFLS is "Nicolet"). Each system is governed by an independent board of trustees and funded by state aids to carry out the service requirements set forth in Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

NFLS' 42 members are the public libraries of 8 northeast Wisconsin counties: Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano.

The NFLS members consist of 42 public library locations made up of 15 independent main libraries with 27 branches among them. There is a total of 45 service points when counting the Brown Co. Library Bookmobile, the library station at the Aurora Financial Center in Aurora for the Florence Co. Library, and the Bay Lakes Bank in Luxemburg for the Algoma Public Library.

Of the 15 independent main libraries, 6 are county libraries. All NFLS member county libraries have library branches except for the Menominee Tribal / County Library and the Florence County Library. The only NFLS member non-county library with a branch is the Oneida Community Library with its Green Earth Branch Library in De Pere.

The county libraries are: the Brown County Library (9 locations, 10 service points - 1 Central library, 8 branches, and 1 bookmobile), the Door County Library (8 locations), the Florence County Library (1 main library, 1 service point at a bank), the Marinette County Consolidated Public Library Service (7 locations), the Menominee Tribal / County Library (1 location, no branches), and the Shawano City-County Library (6 locations).

Three catalogs serve the NFLS member libraries:

The Brown County Library catalog with its 10 service points of the Central library, 8 branch locations and the Bookmobile.

The InfoSoup catalog is the shared catalog of OWLSnet --a consortium of 33 NFLS member public libraries and the 16 member public libraries of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) --totalling 50 public libraries, or 52 service points (the libraries plus the 2 bank stations in Aurora and Luxemburg). Although the Florence Elementary School library does not provide direct public library service, it is also a member of the InfoSoup catalog and the OWLSnet consortium.

The catalog for the Menominee Tribal/County Library and the College of the Menominee Nation. The public and college library is a joint library housed at the college.