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What is WVLS?

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November 9, 2016

When using the Library Catalog (V-Cat) or requesting a book in person, you may have noticed the term “WVLS.” But what exactly does that mean? 

WVLS stands for Wisconsin Valley Library Service, a library system that counts the Marathon County Public Library and 25 other public libraries across Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida and Taylor Counties as members. WVLS operates from offices in the basement of MCPL’s Wausau Headquarters and oversees the V-Cat online catalog, offers training and support to member libraries, facilitates resource sharing, courier services and more. Because of this, patrons can check out materials from any public library in WVLS and return it to any other public library in the WVLS system. Through WVLS, libraries also get access to cutting-edge technology – including drones, 3D printers and more – to use for library programs. 

To learn more about WVLS, visit


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