Online Resources

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Resources on this page are provided free of charge by the Columbus Public Library, BadgerLink, and the South Central Library System. Check out our Recommended Links section at the bottom of the page for helpful websites curated by library staff members.

Auto Repair

Auto Repair Reference Center (BadgerLink)

Chilton Database

Books & Literature

Dear Reader Online Book Clubs

Wisconsin's Digital Library  Download content to smart phones, iPads, eReaders, & more

Literary Reference Center

Novelist (provided by Badgerlink)

Novelist K-8



Business Databases from EBSCOhost (BadgerLink)


Careers & Jobs

Learning Express


Consumer Reports



Educational - Students

Britannica School Edition  (BadgerLink: Encyclopedia Britannica)

Book Collection

Driving Tests online

Kids Search (BadgerLink: EBSCOhost)

Novelist K-8 (BadgerLink: EBSCOhost)

Explora for Primary Schools (BadgerLink: EBSCOhost)

Explora for Secondary Schools (BadgerLink: EBSCOhost)

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database  (BadgerLink - EBSCOhost)

Magazines for K-12 students

Learning Express

Learning Zone (BadgerLink - Encyclopedia Britannica)

LitFINDER (BadgerLink)

Genealogy & History

Ancestry Library (in library use only)


Military & Government Collection (BadgerLink - EBSCOhost)

Newspaper ARCHIVES (BadgerLink - EBSCOhost)

Recollection Wisconsin 


Health Databases from EBSCOhost (BadgerLink)

Consumer Health Complete (BadgerLink)

Magazines & Newspapers


Magazine & Newspaper Databases from EBSCOhost (BadgerLink)

NewspaperARCHIVE (BadgerLink)

Serials Solutions



BadgerLink Songbook Database Wiscat - request books by interlibrary loan at the library's main desk


Education Databases from EBSCOhost (BadgerLink)

Learning Express Practice tests and learning centers for all ages

LitFINDER (BadgerLink)

Novelist K-8

Looking for information on education, employment, local history, or the latest books to read? If so, check out our library staff curated collection of recommended websites on popular topics below. These pages contain links to free or mostly free web content.