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.
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Marathon County Public Library

Marathon County Public Library (MCPL)