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About BadgerLink

BadgerLink is 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.




Who can benefit from the BadgerLink resources? All Wisconsin residents including...


Students, Educators, and Librarians! BadgerLink provides access to many educational resources, including:

  • 3,100 royalty-free songs and sound effects
  • 8,000+ full text magazines and journals
  • Primary sources like firsthand accounts and American foundational documents
  • Standards-based content including reference books, encyclopedias, photos, maps, flags, animations, and videos
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) materials such as science experiments and skill-building practice tests 
  • Test preparation materials and practice tests for ACT, SAT, AP, ASVAB, GED, and more!

Everyone Else! BadgerLink provides resources to those interested in a variety of other areas:

  • Genealogists and local history buffs can access more than one billion full text newspaper articles from 1607 to the present and use tools like Census, Revolutionary war, and Freedman’s Bank records
  • Investors can use industry reports, market research reports, SWOT analyses, and full text business journals
  • Job seekers can find test preparation materials, practice tests, business writing and interviewing tutorials, and company profiles
  • Professional and amateur mechanics can find auto repair manuals, schematics, and wiring guides
  • Seekers of health information can use health fact sheets, reports, drug guides, medical videos, and animations
  • A number of BadgerLink resources can be accessed using text-to-speech and offer a translation feature for more than 25 languages! 

BadgerLink is managed by the Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning team within the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology, in cooperation with public, school, academic, special libraries, and Internet Service Providers. BadgerLink services began in July, 1998 and the project is supported by $2.2 million from the Universal Service Fund per year with partial support provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. By purchasing and providing library content on a statewide basis, BadgerLink saves Wisconsin libraries and residents approximately $74 million dollars per year.


BadgerLink Providers

  • Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
  • Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Heritage Microfilm, Inc.
  • LearningExpress, LLC
  • ProQuest
  • Soundzabound Music
  •, LLC 
  • Visual Learning Systems
  • Wisconsin Media Lab, a Division of the Educational Communications Board
  • Wisconsin Newspaper Association