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New options for parking at MCPL Wausau!

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January 15, 2020

Thanks to recent parking changes in downtown Wausau, visitors to the library's Wausau headquarters have more options for free parking!

The main Library Parking Lot (north of the building, by the front doors) will continue to offer free three-hour parking for library patrons – no parking meters, permits or pay stations.

Other nearby lots and ramps are controlled by the City of Wausau and offer paid parking Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; however, the first two hours of parking are free if you register at a pay station located in the lot / ramp. 

These lots / ramps include:

  • Lower Library Lot (Lot 7  |  Zone 5720) -- west of the library (behind it) by the river, access from Washington St.
  • Jefferson Street Ramp (Ramp 2  |  Zone 5715) -- northeast of the library (across the street from the main lot), access from First St.
  • Jefferson Street Inn Lot (Lot 17  |  Zone 5725) -- east of the library (across the street, behind the Federal Building), access from Washington St. and Jefferson St.
  • West Mall Ramp (Ramp 3  |  Zone 5716)-- southeast of the library (across the intersection), access from Washington St. and First St.

Parking longer than two hours in these lots / ramps is available via the pay stations or the "Passport Parking" app.

Additionally, parking in these lots / ramps is free on weekends and evenings (after 6pm).

Free street parking is also available near the library, subject to the same two-hour limit unless otherwise indicated.

Also, please note: Vehicles displaying a handicapped / disabled license plate or hang-tag are exempt from registering at the pay station or paying for extended parking.

Further options for parking in downtown Wausau (including future changes) are described on the City of Wausau website at

See you at the library!

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