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.
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.
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)
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. Please note: As of 2019, MCPL subscribes to Digital Sanborn... (read more)
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.
The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration according to our Materials Selection Procedure. Use these websites at your own risk; they are not controlled or monitored by the library.
QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.
A library of municipal codes and ordinances for most municipalities in Wisconsin and other states. (Note: The contents of this site may not immediately reflect the most current legislation.)
Find information about upcoming elections; local, state and federal elected officials; voting districts and wards; voting information for members of the military and their families; and voting information for U.S. citizens temporarily or permanently living overseas.
Promotes high-quality books for children and teens throughout Wisconsin. Allows parents and educators to discuss relevant titles and teaching strategies. Also, children and teens are encouraged to create and share "book trailer" videos for sharing on this site.
Recollection Wisconsin is a place to discover and share local history, family history, and the history of Wisconsin. Search thousands of historic photos, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, books, artifacts, oral histories and other digital collections from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. In addition to viewing old photos and...
Collects forms, publications, and laws related to landlord and tenant issues. A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers and providers throughout Wisconsin.
This site hosts many digitized collections of historical photos, maps, documents, genealogical data and more, all related to Wisconsin and its history.
Collects statistical information about job growth, wages, and industries in the state of Wisconsin. Also offers job-search and career exploration tools for job seekers.
Wisconsin 101 is a collaborative public history project that includes both an interactive online exhibit and programming on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). Students, amateur historians, and other Wisconsin residents nominate objects of interest or importance to their communities, then research, write, and illustrate histories of those objects for...
Published annually from 1879-1883 and then biennially since 1885, Wisconsin Blue Books provide extensive description and statistics on virtually all aspects of life in Wisconsin, including major sections on the state’s population, geography, history, election data, educational resources, social services, finance, agriculture, industry, transportation system...
Provides access to public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin, searchable by name, county, case number, and other details. These are exact copies of the case information entered by court staff in the counties where the case files are located.
A growing electronic collection of full-text documents intended to provide information about Wisconsin government programs.
The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a growing collection of documents published by state government from 2001-current. These full-text documents provide a record of major state government programs and cover current, newsworthy topics about life in Wisconsin.
This collection of resources provides educators and pre-service teachers accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching about the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin. It also assists educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Education Act 31, the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction in the history, culture, and...
This directory provides information about more than 350 local affiliates of the Wisconsin Historical Society. It lists museums, archives, hours, directions and contact information.
Contains 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities.
Find Wisconsin sex offenders by name or location. Also offers legal information and services for those affected by sex crimes.
This resource offers Wisconsin legal forms, databases of state law and local ordinances, landlord/tenant resources, directories of legal assistance, directories of local legal authorities, and information on small claims court, divorce, child support, foreclosure, etc.
A list of links to the ordinances of cities, towns, villiages, and counties throughout Wisconsin, assembled and maintained by the Wisconsin State Law Library.
The Wisconsin Statutes are a compilation of the general laws of the state of Wisconsin currently in effect that have been given statute section numbers by legislation or supreme court order.
Wisconsin e-file is the system almost any full-year, part-year or non-resident of Wisconsin can use to electronically file their state income tax returns. Wisconsin e-file is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.