The Vaughn Public Library is the oldest library operating in the same building in the state of Wisconsin. The building was constructed as a library in 1888 by Emeline Vaughn in honor of her late husband. The VPL is established under Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes as a municipal library and it is governed by the Vaughn Public Library Board. Library Board Trustees are appointed by the Mayor. The City of Ashland is the primary funding body of the library. Ashland County provides funding as required by law (ACT150) to fund the use by its residents not living in a community with a library. Bayfield, Iron, Sawyer and Price Counties have recently provided funding as required by law (ACT420) to fund the use of VPL by residents of those counties.