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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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New Books / Book Lists

Use these lists to browse some of the library's latest acquisitions and current favorites for adults, teens and children! 

MCPL Catalog Collection Reading Advice On-site

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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... (read more)

MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

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U.S. Passports

U.S. passport applications are accepted at the library's Wausau Headquarters. Please call 715-261-7240 and ask to speak with a passport application acceptance agent before you apply. We also advise reviewing the U.S. Department of State... (read more)

MCPL On-site Government

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Curbside & Drive Thru Pickup

Curbside or drive thru pickup is available at all MCPL locations during the pandemic! This includes library items requested via the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and Interlibrary Loan (WISCAT), as well as copies of reference materials (including tax forms, articles... (read more)

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Story Times

Virtual Story Time 10/26/21: Family Story Time - Stories with Surprises! Kids and families can hear stories with surprise elements and learn how to make a seasonal autumn craft using common household supplies during this weekly Family Story Time with the Marathon... (read more)

MCPL On-site For Children For Educators For Parents Events

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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 assistance is needed, any group of 10 or more that plans to... (read more)

MCPL On-site For Educators

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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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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 may be obtained upon... (read more)

MCPL On-site Meeting Spaces

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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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Computers / Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

Public Computer LabsAll 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 $25 or... (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... (read more)

MCPL On-site Computers and Technology

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New DVD Movies & TV Series

The items featured on this page represent some of the library's most recent additions to its DVD collections, including feature films, documentaries, television series and more! To browse the rest of the DVD collection, use the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and limit your search to "Video," "DVD," etc.— or... (read more)

MCPL On-site Movies and Television Collection Catalog

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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. Periodicals marked "... (read more)

Newspapers and Magazines MCPL On-site Collection

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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

Early Literacy Center

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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Children's Events

Visit your local MCPL for children's activities for all ages, including story times, arts & crafts, family movies, early literacy programs, STEAM / STEM events,... (read more)

MCPL On-site For Children For Parents For Educators Events

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Technology Assistance

Need help using your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader?Library staff can provide one-on-one technology assistance with a variety of topics, including:basic computer skills;saving and moving digital files;Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.);social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.);accessing e-books — including Wisconsin's Digital... (read more)

MCPL On-site Computers and Technology E-books

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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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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 / Chat Assistance: If you can't make it to the library in person, call... (read more)

MCPL On-site For Teens For Adults Genealogy

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Tax Forms

2021: During the pandemic, tax forms and publications will be available via curbside pickup. No appointments are required at MCPL Wausau, but please call ahead to confirm availability.  Appointments are required at the MCPL branches. The documents that the library has requested... (read more)

MCPL Online On-site Taxes Government

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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 area features computers for job searches, creating resumes and completing online applications, plus books and pamphlets to help you find a job. Additionally, library staff can help you find job-related resources in your community, as well as locate... (read more)

MCPL On-site Employment

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Proctoring

Take your proctored exams at the library! Proctoring services are available at all MCPL locations to persons engaged in distance learning and online courses, as well as professional development and certifications.   If you plan to use the library's proctoring services, please review the following documents as soon as possible... (read more)

MCPL On-site College For Educators For Teens For Adults Online Courses

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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 available at MCPL Wausau:... (read more)

MCPL On-site Computers and Technology

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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:Recent... (read more)

MCPL On-site Genealogy Newspapers and Magazines Collection

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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. Payment must be made by cash or check; credit or debit card payments are not accepted. Incoming faxes are held for one week. Please have... (read more)

MCPL On-site

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New Music CDs

The items featured on this page represent some of the library's most recent additions to its music CD collections! To browse the rest of the music CD collection, use the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and limit your search to "CD Music," "Music Record," etc. — or view... (read more)

MCPL On-site Collection Catalog Music

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Teen Events

Visit your local MCPL for teen activities, including arts & crafts, movie nights, STEAM / STEM events, hands-on learning, Teen Advisory... (read more)

MCPL On-site For Teens Events

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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, family genealogies, maps and more. 

MCPL On-site Genealogy Wisconsin Local History Marathon County Collection

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New Audiobooks

The items featured on this page represent some of the library's most recent additions to its audiobooks collection! To browse the rest of the audiobook collection, use the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and limit your search to "Audiobooks," "Spoken Record," etc. — or ... (read more)

MCPL On-site Collection Audiobooks Catalog

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Book Discussion Kits

Host 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).Most discussion kits are held at... (read more)

MCPL On-site Collection

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Job-Related Proofreading

Are you applying for a job and want someone to review your resume or cover letter? The library offers free proofreading of job-related documents such as resumes, cover letters and curricula vitae! You may email your documents to ref@mcpl.us, and qualified staff will review their spelling, grammar, structure and clarity.... (read more)

MCPL On-site Online Employment

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Art Collection

A variety of artworks are on display — and available for checkout— at the library! A maximum of 10 artworks may be checked out for a loan period of 56 days. The majority of items in this collection are held at MCPL Wausau, but selected works are held at other MCPL locations as well.  Artworks include... (read more)

MCPL On-site Catalog Collection Hobbies and Crafts

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Notary Public

Get your documents notarized for free at the library! Notary services are offered at MCPL Wausau only.Please contact us in advance to schedule a time to meet with the notary.Remember to bring a government-issued photo ID to your appointment.The library's notary is not an attorney and may not give legal advice... (read more)

MCPL On-site Finance and Investment Employment Government

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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Staff Reviews

Check out these book and movie reviews written by the staff of the Marathon County Public Library, featuring works of fiction and nonfiction for adults, children and teens! Our book reviews also are published at Goodreads.com; follow us for the latest updates.

Reading Advice MCPL Online

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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! If you can't find what you're looking for in this catalog, consider Interlibrary Loan, Wisconsin's Digital Library or our Online Resources.

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" window below.

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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... (read more)

MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

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Interlibrary Loan (WISCAT)

Browse the WISCAT interlibrary loan catalog to find and request items that are not available in the 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, contact us by... (read more)

MCPL BadgerLink Online Catalog

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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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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

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New York Times

Access all New York Times articles online for free! Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinions on politics, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, cars and more. You will need to create a free account to access this resource. Be sure to uncheck "agree to receive updates and offers" on the registration form... (read more)

MCPL Online Newspapers and Magazines

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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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Tax Forms

2021: During the pandemic, tax forms and publications will be available via curbside pickup. No appointments are required at MCPL Wausau, but please call ahead to confirm availability.  Appointments are required at the MCPL branches. The documents that the library has requested for 2021 are: IRS 1040 Forms and Instruction Booklets (... (read more)

MCPL Online On-site Taxes 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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Marathon County Uniform Addressing

In February 2016, the Marathon County Board adopted a policy to implement a uniform addressing system. The project was completed in November 2019, and resulted in changes to many street numbers and some road names throughout Marathon County. Uniform addressing enables public agencies, especially emergency services, to provide the right service to the... (read more)

MCPL Online Marathon County

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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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Personalized Reading Suggestions

Let us help you discover new books you'll love! Library staff are eager to use their expertise and online resources to find great reading recommendations just for you. Complete the form below, and we'll send you three personalized reading recommendations via email. Alternatively, contact us via live chat or call 715-261-7230.

MCPL Online Reading Advice

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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

This digital collection focuses on the rich local history of the towns, villages, and cities of Marathon County. It includes centennial histories written by local residents, with many illustrations documenting family life and economic development in central Wisconsin. The Marathon County Public Library’s goal is to preserve and make widely accessible to all... (read more)

History Local History Marathon County MCPL Online

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Job-Related Proofreading

Are you applying for a job and want someone to review your resume or cover letter? The library offers free proofreading of job-related documents such as resumes, cover letters and curricula vitae! You may email your documents to ref@mcpl.us, and qualified staff will review their spelling, grammar, structure and clarity. You will receive a reply... (read more)

MCPL On-site Online Employment

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)

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Public Notices

Occasionally, the library receives documents from organizations that are required to post public notices. The following are collections of these documents, displayed for the requested periods of time. The library is not responsible for the contents of these documents; if you have any related questions or comments, please direct them to the... (read more)

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