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Help Us Build Better Libraries

Over the past year, libraries stepped up and quickly adapted to the challenges of the time by offering curbside deliveries, virtual classes and programs, expanded Wi-Fi outside the building, outdoor story walks and a laptop lending program.

Libraries serve as an important institution in Wisconsin communities, empowering people of all ages to explore the world through books, digital access and programs that spark curiosity, knowledge and imagination. But even though our libraries serve such a critical role in our community, federal funding for renovation, repair or new construction stopped in 1997. 

Now that Congress is reviewing a new infrastructure proposal, it is time to include libraries with the bipartisan Build America’s Libraries Act. This legislation would provide $5 billion to the construction and modernization of libraries across the country. Many of our libraries are in shared and repurposed spaces that aren’t up to the standards of modern-day use. Libraries could use this funding to tackle critical projects like expanded access for people with disabilities, upgrading broadband internet services and facility updates to make them more environmentally sustainable and improving protection against hazards such as lead, mold and COVID-19.

We’re asking you to step up for your library! It takes just a few moments to make your voice heard by contacting your representatives and senators and asking them to co-sponsor the Build America’s Libraries Act to secure future funding for the construction and renovation of libraries nationwide. Your support could help make an impact for America’s libraries and the communities they serve for generations to come.

Join us and Urge your Legislators to Build America’s Libraries!

Ancestry Library Edition

Explore genealogy records and your family’s history from your own home. With Ancestry Library Edition you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Remote access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until June 30, 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

Your InfoSoup Library Card Number is required for Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition.

RB Digital Magazines Moving to OverDrive

Our RB Digital magazine collection is now on OverDrive! The RB Digital app and website are still currently available, but will be going away soon. Please start to use the Libby app or WPLC OverDrive web site for checking out digital magazines.

Unlike RB Digital magazines, OverDrive magazines will come with a checkout date. You can set your lending period to 7, 14, or 21 days. Most magazines will be always available and can be checked out multiple times. More importantly, Magazines do not count toward your checkout limit. For most magazines, three years worth of back issues will be available. Visit OverDrive magazines now.

2021 Fox Cities Reads

George, By Alix Gino is this year's Fox Cities Reads selection. Please visit the Fox Cities Reads web site to learn more. 

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UPDATE: Issues with Shoutbomb - Text Notifications

We believe Shoutbomb issues have been resolved. If you have previously signed up for the service, please text mycards to 833 403 0523 to confirm if your library card is registered with the service. You can also text hl to see if you have any items on hold and mybooks to see what items you have checked out.

If your card is not registered, please follow the instructions on the Shoutbomb page to sign up again. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you continue to have issues with this service, please contact your local library with details. 

November 12, 2020

We continue to get reports from users not getting their text notifications about library materials. We are working with the vendor to try and resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Until the problem is resolved, we recommend also getting email notices and checking your account online regularly to see if material is available or due to return. We apologize for the inconvenience.

RB Digital Audiobooks Have Moved to Libby/OverDrive

On October 26, our RB Digital Audiobook collection was moved to the Libby/OverDrive platform. For now, the RB Digital Magazine collection will remain on the RB Digital platform and app. Please see the FAQ below to learn more about this transition or contact your local library.


Q. What is Libby
A. Libby is a free, award-winning app where you can borrow and enjoy digital content from Wisconsin's Digital Library. Learn more about Libby.

Q. Can I start using Libby/OverDrive now?

A. Yes. Visit Wisconsin's Digital Library now or download the Libby app. You will use your library card number and PIN to sign in if you are not already a Libby/OverDrive user. The RB Digital audiobook collection will be added on the 26th of October.

Q. Can I keep borrowing Audiobooks in RB Digital?

No. After your library's ebooks and/or audiobooks move to Libby, any current audiobook checkouts will be available in RBdigital through the remainder of their lending periods. This way, you can finish listening without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book.

Q. What will happen to my holds from RB Digital?

A. Holds will not be moved to Libby. You’ll need to place any ebook and/or audiobook holds again in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital holds, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Q. What will happen to my wish list from RB Digital

Wish lists will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to recreate your wish list using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital wish list, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Q. What will happen to my checkout history from RB Digital?

Checkout history will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to mark titles you've already read using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital checkout history, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Only ebooks and audiobooks will be moved to Libby at this time. Please continue to use RBdigital for other types of digital content from your library.

Q. What if I won't be able to use Libby?

Once your library's ebooks and/or audiobooks move to Libby, if you still aren't able to use Libby or libbyapp.com, you can use the original OverDrive app or your library's OverDrive website instead. These alternatives have the same titles as Libby, but offer slightly different features and device compatibility.