ATTENTION: All MCPL locations will be closed Fri., 9/20, for staff development.

Services / Resources: MCPL

On-site Services

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

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U.S. Passports

U.S. passport application acceptance is offered at the library's Wausau Headquarters. Appointments are available every Thursday, 3:00pm to 7:30pm, and every other Saturday, 9:00am to 3:20pm. Walk-ins are invited every Thursday,... (read more) MCPL On-site Government
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Suggest a Purchase

If you can't find an item in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and you think we should have it, let us know! You may use the online form below, or paper Purchase Suggestion forms are available at all MCPL locations. We can't promise that we will acquire the item, but we will investigate its suitability for our collections. We will... (read more) MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog
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LENA Start Marathon County

The first three years of a child's life are vital to brain development! Children from birth onward learn through talking, singing, reading and playing. During these interactions, children learn how the world works, acquire vocabulary, stimulate different parts of their brain, as well as many other benefits. While this may seem easy enough, some caregivers... (read more) MCPL On-site For Children For Parents
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Meeting Rooms / Study Rooms

Meeting rooms: Meeting rooms may be used according to the library's meeting room policy. All rooms have wireless internet access, chairs and tables. Equipment requests must be made at the time of application and may include laptops, video projectors, TV / DVD sets, whiteboards or a podium. Other equipment... (read more) MCPL On-site
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Marathon County Public Library is challenging parents to read more books with their children! The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" initiative is meant to introduce children to a wide range of literature, encourage families to spend quality time together and promote pre-literacy and learning so children enter school ready to read, listen and learn.... (read more) MCPL On-site For Children For Parents Reading Advice
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Video Games

The library's Wausau Headquarters offers a collection of video games! View and request these games below. They are shelved in the A/V Collection on the first floor. Discs are not in the cases; you will receive the disc at checkout. Video games check out for 14 days and may be renewed once. There is a $1 per... (read more) MCPL On-site For Teens For Children Collection Catalog
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Group Visits

We would love to show your group all the library has to offer! We regularly welcome groups of gradeschool and college students, community organizations, and others. To help us plan for your visit, please complete the form on this page in accordance with the following stipulations: Whether staff... (read more) MCPL On-site For Educators
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Computers / Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

Public Computer Labs All MCPL locations offer public computer labs with Internet access and productivity software. Library card-holders may receive one hour of computer access per day – with additional time automatically granted in 30-minute increments (except during periods of high demand). Card-holders with... (read more) MCPL On-site Computers and Technology
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Print, Scan, Copy, Fax

  Photocopiers:  Black and white copiers are available at all MCPL locations. One-sided letter or legal-sized copies are 10¢ each. Double-sided copies are 20¢ each. Oversized copies (11" x 17") are 20¢ for one-sided copies and 40¢ for double-sided copies. A color copier is at MCPL Wausau... (read more) MCPL On-site Computers and Technology

Electronic Devices

A variety of devices are available for checkout at MCPL locations, including e-readers, laptops, tablets and more. For information about our computer lab, visit our Computers webpage; for other equipment available at the library, visit On-Site Resources... (read more) MCPL On-site Computers and Technology E-books
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Technology Assistance

Need help using your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader? Library staff can provide one-on-one assistance in a variety of areas, including basic computer skills, saving and moving digital files, using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), using the library’s online resources and more.... (read more) MCPL On-site Computers and Technology E-books
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Homebound Services

For Marathon County residents unable to visit the library due to age, illness, accident or disability, our Homebound program offers a way to receive library materials at home by mail or special delivery. Please call 715-261-7248 to sign up for this free service! This service is free of charge, but a valid library card is... (read more) MCPL On-site Reading Advice Blindness and Low Vision

Microfilm Archives

MCPL Wausau has a microfilm archive of Marathon County newspapers from the late 1800s onward (primarily the Wausau Daily Herald), plus digital microform viewers with options to scan or print articles. Additionally, MCPL Mosinee has microfilm of the Mosinee Times and a digital microform viewer. Please note... (read more) MCPL On-site Genealogy Newspapers and Magazines Collection
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Research Assistance

Reference Desk: The reference desk staff at the library's Wausau Headquarters are ready to answer your research questions during our regular hours of operation. Phone / Email Assistance: If you can't make it to the library in person, call 715-261-7230... (read more) MCPL On-site For Teens For Adults Genealogy
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Phyllis Donner Aquarium

The children's department at MCPL Wausau features a 650-gallon saltwater aquarium with a living coral reef and more than 30 species of tropical fish and other marine life.  The tank was built by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas and was funded by a donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner, a Wausau resident. Inhabitants of... (read more) MCPL On-site Animals and Pets Nature and the Environment For Children For Educators
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Career Connection

On the second floor of the library's Wausau Headquarters, the Career Connection features dedicated computers for job searches, resumes and online applications, plus books and pamphlets to help you get a job. MCPL On-site Job-Search
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Proctoring

Take your proctored exam at the library! Proctoring services are available at all MCPL locations to persons engaged in distance and online courses. Please review the following information sheets: Proctoring at MCPL Wausau |... (read more) MCPL On-site College Prep For Educators For Teens For Adults Online Courses

Tax Forms

From approximately January through April every year, a selection of commonly used tax forms and publications are available at all Marathon County Public Library locations. Please note: Supplies are limited! Please call ahead to ensure we have the tax documents you need. Otherwise, we can help you print most tax forms and... (read more) Taxes Government MCPL Web On-site
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Early Literacy Center

The Early Literacy Center at MCPL Wausau is an enclosed area of the children's department specially designed for children 0-5 years old! "Early literacy" is a term for what children know about language before learning how to read. This includes what letters look and sound like, recognizing rhyming words, knowing how a book works... (read more) MCPL For Children On-site Reading Advice
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Image / Document Scanners

Scanners are available at all MCPL locations for the purpose of creating digital files from photos, documents and other media. To ensure scanner availability, please contact us before you arrive at the library. A handheld, portable scanner is available for 14-day checkout at MCPL Wausau... (read more) MCPL On-site Computers and Technology
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Photocopiers

Black and white copiers are available at all MCPL locations. One-sided letter or legal-sized copies are 10¢ each. Double-sided copies are 20¢ each. Oversized copies (11" x 17") are 20¢ for one-sided copies and 40¢ for double-sided copies. A color copier is at MCPL Wausau. One-sided color copies are 50¢ each.... (read more) MCPL On-site Computers and Technology

Fax Machines

Fax services are available at MCPL Wausau and MCPL Rothschild. Sending a fax is $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Receiving a fax is $1 per page. Incoming faxes are held for one week. Please have the sender include your contact information. Payment must be made before sending faxes.... (read more) MCPL On-site
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Homework Computers

Several computers in the TeenZone area at MCPL Wausau are reserved for teens only, and these may be used for homework. Also, all MCPL locations offer internet-connected computers, free wireless internet, and laptops available for... (read more) MCPL On-site For Teens
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Magazines and Newspapers

The following magazines and newspapers are currently offered in printed form at the specified MCPL locations.  These subscriptions are subject to change without notice; contact us for the latest information. Newspapers and the most recent issue of each magazine are available for reading in the library only. Magazine back issues... (read more) Newspapers and Magazines MCPL On-site Collection
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Wisconsin Collection

The Wisconsin Collection at MCPL Wausau includes nonfiction items related to Marathon County and Wisconsin. This includes nonfiction books, microfiche, family genealogies, maps and more. MCPL On-site Genealogy Wisconsin Local History Marathon County Collection
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Book Discussion Kits

Start your own book club! Book discussion kits include multiple copies of popular books, discussion questions and author information, all in a handy tote bag! View available book discussion kits in the Library Catalog (V-Cat). For a larger selection, request kits from elsewhere in the state using... (read more) MCPL On-site Collection

Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.

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Library Catalog (V-Cat)

Browse the collections of all MCPL locations, plus the collections of other public libraries in the Wisconsin Valley Library Service. Suggest a Purchase -- Use this form to recommend items or subject areas that are not currently part of the library's collection. Checkout Policies / FAQ -- Questions? Check out... (read more) WVLS MCPL Online Catalog
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Contact Us

Before contacting us, please review our frequently asked questions. For 24/7 account access, call 715-261-7209 or log in online. To contact a specific MCPL location by phone or mail, visit our locations page. For immediate assistance, call MCPL Wausau at 715-261-7200 during our hours of operation, or use the "live chat"... (read more) MCPL Online
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Suggest a Purchase

If you can't find an item in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and you think we should have it, let us know! You may use the online form below, or paper Purchase Suggestion forms are available at all MCPL locations. We can't promise that we will acquire the item, but we will investigate its suitability for our collections. We will place the item on hold and... (read more) MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

Interlibrary Loan (WISCAT)

Browse the WISCAT interlibrary loan catalog to find and request items that are not available in the regular library catalog (V-Cat). Borrowing limits: Requests for interlibrary loan items borrowed via WISCAT will be limited to five requests per patron per month for a total of 60 requests per year. For interlibrary loan assistance,... (read more) MCPL WVLS Online Catalog
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ReferenceUSA

A phone and address directory. Find current business and residential phone numbers and addresses, as well as neighborhood information, business profiles and additional corporate information. Also includes databases of healthcare professionals, jobs postings, consumer profiles and more. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL;... (read more) MCPL Online Phone and Address Small Business Job-Search

TumbleBooks

An online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Includes a section with teacher resources. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL; it is not available to patrons of other V-Cat libraries. For Children E-books MCPL Online

Marathon County Land Records / Mapping System (GIS)

Access Marathon County's geographic information system (GIS) to view a wide array of information about county properties, including aerial photographs, topography, soil types, natural features and shoreland, land ownership information, property lines and descriptions (similar to what you'll find in plat books), school and voting district... (read more) Government Marathon County MCPL Online
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Value Line

Provides regularly-updated investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles. Rates most stocks and funds according to a proprietary formula and assigns a "Value Line" score. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL; it is not available to patrons of other V-Cat libraries. Finance and Investment MCPL Online
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Marathon County Pulse

Marathon County Pulse exists as a result of community partners seeing the value of having easily accessible and accurate data that describes the health and community conditions of Marathon County. Through funding from organizations in our area, Marathon County was able to create Marathon County Pulse, a platform that aids in making informed decisions... (read more) MCPL Online Health Marathon County Government
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Mango Languages

Mango’s software teaches real conversations in more than 70 languages with engaging grammar, culture, vocabulary and pronunciation lessons. You’ll learn to speak new languages and meet new cultures through authentic experiences, like overhearing a conversation between native speakers, watching a suspense-ridden action flick or singing along with a romantic... (read more) Language Learning Online MCPL Online Courses
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Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL; it is not available to patrons of other V-Cat libraries.  MCPL Online Computers and Technology Animals and Pets Nature and the Environment Finance and Investment Government
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Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970

Produced for over a century, more than 660,000 Sanborn maps chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property... (read more) MCPL Online Local History Wisconsin Marathon County
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Staff Reviews

Book reviews written by the staff of the Marathon County Public Library, featuring reviews of fiction and nonfiction for adults, children and teens! These book reviews also are published at Goodreads.com; follow us for the latest updates. Reading Advice MCPL Online
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The Teen Review

Check out these book reviews written by Marathon County teens! Also includes reviews for games, movies, graphic novels, and magazines. Feel free to add comments and contribute your own reviews! For Teens MCPL Reading Advice Online
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Personalized Reading Suggestions

Are you looking for books to add to the top of your must-read list? Let the staff at the Marathon County Public Library help! We are eager to use our expertise to find great reads just for you. Complete the form below, and we'll send you three personalized reading recommendations within four days. Contact information... (read more) MCPL Online Reading Advice
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Marathon County Uniform Addressing

In February 2016, the Marathon County Board adopted policy to implement a uniform addressing system. What this means is that instead of the current ten address grids, there will be a uniform grid. Uniform addressing will enable public agencies, especially emergency services, to provide the right service to the right place at the right time. Visit www.... (read more) MCPL Online Marathon County
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Marathon County Government

Whether you are passing through the area or looking to relocate here, we want you to enjoy Marathon County to the fullest. Browsing this web-site is a great start to discovering all the resources our beautiful and diverse county has to offer. (The Marathon County Public Library is a department of Marathon County Government.)   Online MCPL Government Marathon County
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Marathon County Local History

An online archive of the rich local history of the towns, villages, and cities in Marathon County, including centennial histories written by local residents, with many illustrations documenting family life and economic development in central Wisconsin. History Local History Marathon County MCPL Online

Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library

As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides braille materials, audiobooks and audio-described DVDs to Wisconsin residents who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. WTTBL patrons receive and return... (read more) Audiobooks Blindness and Low Vision MCPL Online
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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Wisconsin Communities

Meticulously detailed, color-keyed street maps created for all sizes of cities and villages, Sanborn Maps helped insurance agents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries determine the degree of fire hazard associated with a particular property. Most maps date between 1883 and 1930. Physical maps are held at MCPL Wausau, but online versions are accessible... (read more) Local History History Marathon County Wisconsin MCPL Online
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Central Wisconsin Digitization Project

Digitized original sources and historical artifacts published online by a consortium of Wisconsin libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies and museums committed to preserving the history of Marathon County and Lincoln County. History Wisconsin Marathon County MCPL Online

Marathon County Job Opportunities

Marathon County employs approximately 756 regular employees and approximately 133 casual/seasonal/temporary employees. If you are interested in contributing to a positive work culture, want to be recognized for your job performance and are a talented, team-oriented individual who is motivated to make a difference in our community, consider the career... (read more) MCPL Online Job-Search