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What does MCFLS mean?

Have you ever gone to Milwaukee Public Library's catalog, CountyCat, and noticed at the top that it says Milwaukee County Federated Library System? If so, you may have wondered what this system is and how it differs from the Milwaukee Public Library. Milwaukee County Federated Library System logoThe whole idea behind library systems is that through working together and sharing services and materials all of the libraries that are part of the system can better serve their users. For example, if you are a resident of Milwaukee you have access to materials and services of 27 libraries, rather than just the 13 Milwaukee libraries. This is because the public libraries in Milwaukee and the other public libraries in Milwaukee County are part of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System (also known as MCFLS).

If you use library databases you also may have noticed that some of them are available only in the library while others offer remote access. Being part of MCFLS helps lower the cost of these databases, but the Milwaukee Public Library and the other Milwaukee County public libraries still have to pay for their own databases. This means when you try to use the library's databases you are limited to what your municipality has purchased access to. Take a look at Free Subscription Databases by Residence to find out the available resources paid for by your library.

For more information, check out the MCFLS Website, MPL Facts, Figures, and Policies and Library History.

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New MCFLS Web Site

The Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS) recently launched a new Web site with updated information and services for library users throughout Milwaukee County.


MCFLS serves all of the libraries in Milwaukee County by overseeing CountyCat (the library catalog), providing material delivery between libraries, funding the Interlibrary Loan Service, assisting with technology upgrades and subscription database purchases, and more.

Great new features on the site include access to CountyCat, an interactive map of member libraries, and an event calendar featuring upcoming programs and meetings.

Also, you can now follow the latest MCFLS news on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite RSS aggregator. Be sure to check it out!

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