Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS)

WVLS LogoThe Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) is a member of the Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS), a library system made up of many other libraries throughout north-central Wisconsin (map). WVLS facilitates the online library catalog (V-Cat) shared by the public libraries in this system and provides libraries with logistical and financial support.

Founded: August 1961
Director: Marla Sepnafski
  • Address: 300 North First St., Wausau, WI 54403
  • Phone: 715-261-7251
  • Fax: 715-261-7259
  • Email: msepnafs@wvls.org 
Website: www.wvls.org
Area served: 7,360 square miles including the north central Wisconsin counties of Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, and Taylor.
Population served: 291,846 (as of 2010)
Number of libraries:  Service is provided through 25 public libraries and 212 non-public libraries.
Governance: WVLS operates under Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes and is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. Each participating county has at least one member on the board; the rest are allocated according to population. Trustees are appointed by the Chairs of the County Boards of Supervisors.
Location: The WVLS rents space from and operates out of the Marathon County Public Library, 300 North First Street, Wausau, WI 54403.
Budget & funding: Visit www.wvls.org for WVLS budget and funding information.
Major services: Internet access; V-Cat, a shared automation system; courier service to/from all Wisconsin's public libraries; reference and interlibrary loan; large print books; play-aways; advocacy; consultant services and training for area library personnel and trustees; e-books/audios/videos; and technical assistance.
Staff: Visit www.wvls.org for WVLS staff information.
State view: WVLS is one of 17 library systems in Wisconsin. Systems range in size from one to 10 counties.