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Marathon County Public Library

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Computers / Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

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Public Computer Labs

  • All MCPL locations offer public computer labs with Internet access and productivity software.

  • Library card-holders may receive one hour of computer access per day – with additional time automatically granted in 30-minute increments (except during periods of high demand). Card-holders with $25 or more in fines will be unable to access the computers.

  • Visitors with acceptable identification are entitled to a single-use guest pass for up to two hours of computer access.

  • Black and white printing is 10 cents per one-sided page. You must pre-pay at the desk before printing.

  • Headphones should be used to avoid disturbing other patrons.

  • During peak usage or to ensure access to a particular computer, patrons may wish to reserve a computer with the assistance of library staff.

  • Computer usage is subject to the library's Computer and Internet Access and Use policy.

Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)

  • All MCPL locations offer wireless Internet service; just look for the network named "LibraryGuest" (or "LibraryGuest-Wausau" at MCPL Wausau).
  • Printing to library printers from the wireless network is not possible at this time.
  • If you experience difficulty connecting to the network, library staff can suggest common solutions, but they cannot extensively troubleshoot, reconfigure or repair your device.
  • Wi-Fi access may be possible from outside of the library (e.g. the parking lot, municipal facilities and nearby outdoor areas) at all MCPL branches 24/7, and at MCPL Wausau Mon.-Thu., 7 a.m.–7:55 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.–4:55 p.m.; and Sat., 8:00 a.m.–4:55 p.m.

Electronic Devices

Laptops and tablets are available for two-hour, in-house checkout according to the library's Laptop/Tablet Checkout Policy & Patron Agreement at all MCPL locations.

E-readers are available for 14-day checkout according to the library's E-Reader Checkout Policy and Patron Agreement. They may be requested for pickup at any MCPL location.

Technology Assistance

Are you having a little trouble navigating your new smartphone, tablet or laptop? Or would you like to get better acquainted with e-books, productivity software, or the library's online resources? Let an MCPL staff member give you one-on-one help during Tech Time!

Computer Classes

From time to time, the library schedules basic computer and technology classes for adults, special presentations on technology-related topics, and technology-themed events for children. For upcoming events of this type, check out the library's technology events webpage.

MCPL On-site Computers and Technology