MCFLS Summary of Services

  • MCFLS manages CountyCat, the shared library automation system, and makes the resources of the 15 member libraries easily available to all Milwaukee County residents.
  • In 2017, more than 6.4 million items were circulated at MCFLS member libraries. This service alone annual represents almost $130 million in value to the public!  In 2017, libraries received 860,000 items that were not available in their own collection.
  • MCFLS administers a wide area network, offers PC and helpdesk support, and provides delivery services.
  • Currently, MCFLS charges a very low rate of $70/hour to install and repair computer equipment.
  • MCFLS delivers materials to all MIlwaukee County libraries, and residents can pick up and return items at any location.
  • MCFLS staff serve as project consultants for member libraries.
  • MCFLS provides access to specialized collections and materials from across Wisconsin and the world.
  • MCFLS provides access to specialized collections and materials through agreements with the Milwaukee Public Library.
  • MCFLS also funds an Interlibrary Services contract with Milwaukee Public Library to provide materaisl from across wisconsin and the world.
  • MCFLS brokers purches of databaes, e-books and other online reources and provides excellent continuing education opporunities for library staff.
  • In 2017, MIlwaukee County residents checked out more than 482,000 digital items, continuing a decade pattern of growth.
  • MCFLS provides access to continuing education programs which feature nationally prominent speakers and local experts.