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Will we lose access to Ancestry and other online resources?

FAQ: Will we lose access to Ancestry and other online resources?


Most of the online resources currently available to MCPL patrons would remain available through the South Central Library System (SCLS), since they are offered statewide through Badgerlink.

For the resources offered through WVLS (including Ancestry: Library Edition, Gale Courses and others), MCPL would be able to decide which resources would most benefit our patrons. (Think of it like an a la carte menu of digital information and entertainment!) We would explore all of our options, but we have no plans to discontinue access to any of our most popular online resources.

In addition, resources like Hoopla – which provides access to not only digital books and audiobooks, but also music, movies and TV shows that can be downloaded – might be more affordable in a larger, shared system like SCLS. That is also something MCPL staff plan to explore.

On January 25, 2021, the Library Board voted to approve a motion for the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) to join the South Central Library System (SCLS). The 4-3 vote was preceded by a year-long analysis by the Library System Task Force, which was formed in January 2020 to thoroughly examine the cost and benefits of joining SCLS. In December 2020, the Task Force’s final recommendation was that MCPL join SCLS ... (read more)