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Wisconsin’s online library which provides access to licensed content such as magazines, newspapers, scholarly articles, videos, images, and music. These resources are provided exclusively for use by all Wisconsin residents and are materials that are not available through regular search engines such as Google. It is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries and Technology.

Auto Repair Source

An authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. BadgerLink offers a short how to use the directory here.

Consumer Reports

Full-text pdf version of the popular consumer magazine. For high school students and adult researchers. Part of BadgerLink.

HeritageQuest Online

Offering genealogical information including a census search (complete set of Federal census images from 1790-1930, include name indexes for many years), books (20,000 family and local histories), the PERSI index (over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles), and much more. Part of BadgerLink.

Literary Reference Center is a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to present day literature. Part of Badgerlink.


A reader’s advisory database from EBSCOhost providing access to information on fiction titles as well as feature content including author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more. Part of BadgerLink.


 A database that has been developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. Part of BadgerLink.

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of e-books for kids! View animated, talking picture books at the library or on your home computer. The collection also contains TumblePuzzles, TumbleGames and TumbleQuizzes based on the picture books.

Recollection Wisconsin provides a gateway for searching and displaying content from the Wisconsin library digital image collections. All aspects of Wisconsin history, culture, government and industry may be found.


A project of Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning (RL&LL), Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and contains material in all formats, including books, serial titles, videorecordings, sound recordings and other kinds of materials located in public, academic, school and special libraries in the State of Wisconsin.

If you discover an item in WISCAT that is not owned in Monarch Library System and you would like to request it, please contact your library’s Interlibrary Loan Department for help in obtaining the item.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Full-text daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s. For student and adult researchers.. Part of BadgerLink.

Wisconsin’s Digital Library, powered by Overdrive, offers ebook and eaudiobook titles that can be downloaded to a computer, an eBook reader, an MP3 player or burned to a CD. A valid EasiCat library card is necessary for checkout and placing holds. A help page is available if you need assistance. Reading rooms for Kids and Teens are also available.

WorldCat is a worldwide catalog of library collections that includes more than 67 million bibliographic records with items in many different formats. Patrons can access this database at any library or at home with a user-friendly search page.