Wisconsin Valley Library Service

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.

Additional information about WVLS:

  • Founded: August 1961
  • Director: Marla Sepnafski
  • Website: www.wvls.org
  • Address: 300 North First St., Wausau, WI 54403 (WVLS rents space from the Marathon County Public Library.)
  • Phone: 715-261-7251
  • Fax: 715-261-7259
  • Area served: 7,360 square miles including the north central Wisconsin counties of Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida and Taylor.
  • Population served: 281,860 (2017 municipal/extended county population)
  • Number of libraries: Service is provided to 25 public libraries, plus school, academic and non-public libraries, across the seven-county service area.
  • 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.
  • Budget & funding: For the most current information, visit www.wvls.org/budget-resources.
  • Major services: Online library catalog administration, collective purchasing, internet access, technical expertise and support, online resources/databases, courier service, consultant service, continuing education and training for library personnel and trustees.
  • Staff: For the most current information, visit www.wvls.org/contact-hours.
  • State view: WVLS is one of 16 library systems in Wisconsin. Systems range in size from one to 10 counties.
WVLS logo
Wisconsin public library systems map
Marathon County Public Library

Marathon County Public Library (MCPL)