The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) is a member of a larger regional library system known as the Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS), a consortium made up of many other public libraries throughout north-central Wisconsin (map). WVLS facilitates the online library catalog shared by these libraries (V-Cat) and provides them with logistical and financial support.
7,630 square miles including the north central Wisconsin counties of Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, and Taylor
285,809 (DOA January 1, 2006 final estimate)
Number of Libraries:
Service is provided through 25 public libraries and 212 non-public libraries.
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.
The WVLS rents space from and operates out of the Marathon County Public Library, 300 North First Street, Wausau, WI 54403.
Reference and interlibrary loan; provider of Internet service to members, storytelling kits; audio tapes; large print books; consultant service to area librarians and trustees; courier service to/from almost all Wisconsin public libraries; training workshops for area library personnel and trustees; and V-Cat, a shared automation system.