Online Resources

Resources on this page are provided free of charge by the Columbus Public Library, BadgerLink, and the South Central Library System.



LINKcat logo

LINKcat is the shared catalog for a consortium of public libraries in Wisconsin that work together and with the South Central Library System to create a network of shared computer systems and services.

Because LINKcat combines the library collections of all LINKcat libraries, the system gives you access to nearly 3 million items representing more than 800,000 different titles!

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Wisconsin's Digital Library Logo

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free! Libby is the newer library reading app by OverDrive, loved by millions of readers worldwide. 

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Databases & Educational Resources


Ancestry logo

Ancestry Library is available for in-library use. Ancestry Library is a comprehensive family history resource containing billions of genealogical records from across the globe, including census records, passenger lists, and vital records. Users can also read helpful tips for conducting genealogical research and creating family trees.

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Consumer Reports Logo

Consumer Reports is available for in-library use and provides product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more.

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Transparent Language Logo

Transparent Language Online is a language-learning online resource that builds listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. More than 100 languages are available, as well as ESL for Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese speakers. Set up your account in-library and then you can access Transparent Language at home.

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Creativebug logo


Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.


Chilton Database (library card number needed)


Literary Reference Center

New York Times Book Review


Wisconsin's Digital Library (Overdrive & Libby) Download content to smart phones, iPads, eReaders, & more (Library card number needed)

Worldcat (Library card number needed)

Consumer Reports (library card number needed)

netLibrary (library card number needed)