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We’ve paid the fees for these specialized resources so you don’t have to. In most cases, you'll enter your Olson Library card number to log on.

With a library card you have access to the following digital resources:

The NWLN catalog is shared by 25+ member libraries. Your library card number can be used to access your account and place holds, request items from other libraries, renew your items, track your reading history, or check the status your library record.

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) provides an extensive collection of downloadable ebooks, audio books, videos, magazines, and music.  Using your library card, you can enjoy digital media on your device of choice. Visit the WPLC catalog or download the Libby app to browse the collection and get started!

Choose from more than 250 free Gale Courses.  New courses start each month, and all you need to sign up for these six-week online courses is your library card.  You'll find courses on a wide range of topics including photography, gardening, language learning, music, art, business, and technology skills.

BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s Online Library, providing Wisconsin residents with access to licensed content such as magazines, newspapers, scholarly articles and databases not available through regular search engines such as Google.  These authoritative resources are perfect for students, genealogists and researchers.

Some of the many resources included FREE to Wisconsin library cardholders include:

...and more! *Note that if BadgerLink does not automatically recognize your IP address as a Wisconsin location, you may be asked to log in with a library card number to access the resources here.

WISCAT is a statewide system for borrowing that our library system doesn't own. If there's an item you just can't find through our catalog, we can help you find what you need through WISCAT.  You can stop by the desk, email, or calling the library (715)479-8070 to make a request.  You can pick up and return all WISCAT items at the Library like any other item.