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Marathon County to Boost Public Library Wi-Fi Signal With CARES Act Funding

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November 24, 2020

Marathon County officials and municipal officials within the county recently embarked on a plan to boost the strength of wireless internet available at all Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) locations. Currently, Wi-Fi is left on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all 8 MCPL branches, and is available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Wausau Headquarters, as well as from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Prior to a decision made by the MCPL Board in May 2019, the library turned off its Wi-Fi when the building was closed. The change was made in an attempt to provide residents — especially those in rural areas who have poor internet service —  with...

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Auto Repair Source: Access Error

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March 9, 2020

Unfortunately, there is currently an issue when accessing Auto Repair Source. Upon accessing the resource, you may encounter a page asking for a username and password. This is an error, and BadgerLink staff are working to resolve the issue.  We will update when you are able to access Auto Repair Source again. Thank you for your patience! (Source:

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Value Line is experiencing technical difficulties

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December 3, 2019

Update: As of the evening of 12/4, access to Value Line has been restored. Thank you for your patience! At some point today, Value Line -- our online resource for researching stocks, mutual funds, etc. -- started experiencing some technical difficulties and is currently unavailable. Value Line staff have been notified of the situation and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We will update this post once access has been restored.

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Unavailable 9/27-9/30: BadgerLink Resources & Interlibrary Loan

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September 20, 2019

Due to a system upgrade, patrons will be unable to access a number of the library's online resources on Friday, 9/27, 7pm, continuing through Monday, 9/30, 7am – specifically, BadgerLink resources and the interlibrary loan catalog (WISCAT). Popular BadgerLink resources affected by this outage include: U.S. Newsstream Library Edition Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers Auto Repair Source Popular Magazines in BadgerLink HeritageQuest EBSCO All Databases LearningExpress Library Consumer Reports Newspaper Source Plus NoveList K-8 If you have any questions or issues accessing these resources after the outage, please contact us. Thank you...

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Currently Unavailable: Online Resources & Interlibrary Loan (WISCAT)

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September 11, 2019

Update: Access to these resources has been restored. BadgerLink and WISCAT are temporarily offline, affecting access to some of our online resources and the interlibrary loan catalog. This is an unplanned outage. This article will be updated once these resources are accessible again. If you need immediate assistance, please contact us.

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Library Catalog (V-Cat) temporarily offline

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June 20, 2018

Update: The library catalog is available again as of approximately 2:15 this afternoon. Shortly before 11 a.m. this morning, the Library Catalog (V-Cat) experienced an outage which is ongoing. This affects the online catalog from home as well as in the library, and also limits our ability to quickly check out items to patrons. More information forthcoming. Thank you for your patience!

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Library Catalog (V-Cat) Planned Maintenance 10/31

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October 27, 2017

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, October 31, 7:30 a.m., the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and related services are back online. If you experience any difficulty accessing the catalog, your library account or online resources, please contact us. Thank you for your patience during this transition! The Library Catalog (V-Cat) and many Online Resources will be unavailable on Tuesday, October 31, approximately 12:30-8:00 a.m. During this time, the servers that support V-Cat will be migrated to a virtualized environment for greater efficiency. While we intend to have everything up and running before our libraries open for business, it is not impossible for related services to be affected later in the day....

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Library Catalog (V-Cat) access restored as of 9 a.m.

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May 15, 2017

UPDATE: Library catalog access has been restored. If you continue to experience issues accessing the catalog, please contact us. Thank you for your patience! As of 7am: The library catalog has been offline for routine maintenance since 3am and will be restored very soon. Thanks for your patience!

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"Home Access" is restored for ReferenceUSA, Value Line and ProQuest!

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November 15, 2016

As of this afternoon, patrons may once again access ReferenceUSA, Value Line and Wausau Daily Herald Archive (ProQuest) from home using their library cards.  Access to these resources from home went offline due to technical difficulties that seem to have started on Monday, November 14. If you experience any futher difficulties using these resources, please contact us. Thanks for your patience!

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