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With nine locations throughout Marathon County, Wisconsin, chances are there's an MCPL near you! For immediate assistance (regardless of location), call 715-261-7200 or use the "live chat" window below during our hours of operation.  You may also contact us by email, or dial 715-261-7209 for 24/7 automated assistance. Visit our ... (read more)

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Contact Us

Before contacting us, please review our frequently asked questions. For 24/7 account access, call 715-261-7209 or log in online. To contact a specific MCPL location by phone or mail, visit our locations page. For immediate assistance, call MCPL Wausau at 715-261-7200 during our hours of operation, or use the "live chat" window below.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Got questions? We've got answers! We've listed the most common questions about library services and resources on this page. Select a question to see its answer. If you can't find your question in this list of FAQs, please contact us, or use the site search box at the top of this page.  For FAQs and other information about the potential library... (read more)

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About the Library

Since 1907, the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) has provided free library services to the residents of central Wisconsin. MCPL is a consolidated county library with nine locations throughout Marathon County, Wisconsin, including its Wausau headquarters and branches in Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford.... (read more)


The MCPL Blog

Follow our blog for that latest library news, reading suggestions, research tips and more! The content of our blog is also shared on our social media channels, via our e-newsletter and in our print newsletter.  

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Employment Opportunities

Apply to work at the Marathon County Public Library! If you are interested in contributing to a positive work culture, want to be recognized for your job performance and are a talented, team-oriented individual who is motivated to make a difference in our community, consider the following career opportunities. Openings also are posted on the Marathon... (read more)

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Board of Trustees

The Marathon County Public Library Board of Trustees, commonly known as the Library Board, operates under Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Per its bylaws, the Library Board is composed of seven members: two members of Marathon County Board of Supervisors, one administrator of a Marathon County school district, and four representatives of the general... (read more)

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The MCPL Newsletter

Read the latest issue Subscribe The MCPL Newsletter is a bimonthly publication sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Inside you will find updates, information on upcoming events, reading recommendations, new services, special features and more! Recent issues of the newsletter are available for online viewing. You also may subscribe to our email... (read more)

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Volunteer Opportunities

Apply to volunteer at the Marathon County Public Library!  The library typically accepts volunteers to assist with its: Homebound Program;  Summer Library Program;  special projects;  community events.  Volunteers are accepted according to the library's volunteer policy. To volunteer, return a completed... (read more)

Volunteering and Charity

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The Friends of the Library

join the friends The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization with the goal of promoting and improving library services in Marathon County, Wisconsin. These goals are funded via donations, membership fees, book sales and special fundraising events. The Friends carry out their mission through: Grants —... (read more)

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Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS)

The 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.... (read more)

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Monetary Donations The Marathon County Public Library gratefully accepts monetary donations through the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library and the Marathon County Public Library Foundation. Please contact either organization to make a donation, or write to "MCPL Friends" or "MCPL Foundation" at 300 North First Street, Wausau, WI 54403.... (read more)

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The MCPL Foundation

The MCPL Foundation is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that secures private funding for the Marathon County Public Library. Our mission is to support and enhance the libraries of Marathon County and the services they provide. We do this by helping secure financial resources to support collections, programs, services, technology and... (read more)

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Library System Task Force

Charter Mission / Purpose Statement: The Task Force is created to collect, review, analyze, and oversee the collection of data and information to consider the most viable library system for the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL). Included in this review process will be the consideration of options for MCPL for its Integrated Library System (ILS),... (read more)

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Policies & Procedures

The following documents are the library's policies and procedures that have been approved by the Library Board. In many cases, these documents are referenced in our frequently asked questions, in paper handouts available at MCPL locations, and throughout the website as needed. For assistance with issues related to these documents, please contact... (read more)