A 2008 report produced by NorthStar Economics Inc. showed that Wisconsin public libraries contribute more than $4 for every dollar taxpayers invest. One of the ways in which libraries are able to economize and share resources is through membership in a regional library system. MCPL belongs to Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS), a federation of libraries in Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, and Taylor Counties.
WVLS services include:
- Ensuring that area residents have access to all public libraries within the system area. In 2008, residents made 1,579,958 visits to WVLS public libraries and checked out 2,514,202 items.
- Maintaining V-Cat, the online library catalog, which allows library customers to browse and request titles from more than one million items in the combined holdings of 22 area public libraries.
- Supporting a courier delivery service which transports materials requested by area residents to and from libraries across the state. Last year, courier vans made more than 5,800 stops and delivered almost 1,000,000 items among WVLS libraries.
- Providing specialized collections of audiobooks in CD and MP3 formats, large print titles, and electronic resources to supplement local library collections. WVLS purchases subscriptions to the online genealogy databases Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, to Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center for social issues and homework help, and to NoveList for assisting readers with book discussion guides, award-winners, reviews and recommended reading. With the exception of Ancestry Library Edition which must be used in the library, these databases are available 24/7 from home, school, or office http://mcpl.us/research/online/index.html . Just login with your 14 digit library card number.
- Offering continuing education to local library staff to help them provide the best possible customer service.
In short, Wisconsin Valley Library Services helps to make your library a fantastic bargain for all Marathon County residents!