Electronic Resources

Library Catalogs


Merlin is the regional shared catalog of NWLS member libraries. With a library card patrons can directly request, renew, and can check the status of items either checked out or on hold.


WisCat is the Wisconsin library catalog. Contact the library to request items from WisCat that are not found in Merlin.


WORLDCAT is a worldwide catalog of library collections. A user-friendly search page is available for patrons searching the catalog from home.


Library Digital Catalogs

Wisconsin's Digital Library

Wisconsin's Digital Library catalog offers downloadable media (e-books, films, music and audiobooks) for a pc or portable devices. For CD burning permission refer to the Digital Rights section at the bottom of each title page. A Quick Start Guide is available to help you get started.

Magazine Database

Flipster offers digital magazines (current and back issues) to view online or to download with the free Flipster app to a mobile device to view offline. Weekly issues can be checked out for two days and monthly issues can be checked out for one week. There is no check out limit.  Once you log into Flipster, use the HELP link for further instructions or visit the Flipster FAQ

The current Flipster subscription includes:  • Clean Eating • Consumer Reports Buying Guide • Country Living • Dogs Life • Food Network Magazine • Good Housekeeping • HGTV Magazine, People • Prevention • Rolling Stone


Library Databases

The following online databases provide a wealth of information in a variety of formats. Some of the databases may require a password, available at the library, or access may be limited to in-library use.

ANCESTRY Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is an extensive library genealogy research tool. Access is limited to in-library use at any NWLS library. Promotional training materials are available.


BadgerLink* offers Wisconsin residents access to business, health, literature, magazine and newspaper resources, and many are available in full-text. Promotional materials are available. For more information visit the online support center. If you are unable to access any BadgerLink database, log in using the Library Card Access page. The following databases are among the many resources available through Badgerlink:

*BadgerLink is a project of the Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning for the citizens of Wisconsin. Funding is provided through the Public Service Commission Universal Service Fund.

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