BadgerlinkBadgerLink 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.

BadgerLink provides access to many 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!
  • 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!

To get started, just go to BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Online Library.


Information about library events, programs, and book clubs can be found on the Library Events page.


Renting a book or dvd offers a faster way for users to checkout the latest DVDs and popular fiction titles and avoid waiting for reserved items. Browse the rental collection shelf on the main floor.

  • The rental fee is added to your account and must be paid at the time of checkout.
  • Rental fee for DVDs is $1.00 for a 3 day loan period. Overdue fees are $1.00 per day per dvd.
  • Rental fee for books is $2.00 for a 10 day loan period. Overdue fees are $.50 per day per book.
  • The first day of checkout counts as the first day of the loan period.
  • Rental items must be checked out at the circulation desk by staff. Return rental items to the Hudson Area Library.

The entire rental collection in the catalog can be viewed by clicking Hudson Rental Collection. Rental items are available on a first come, first serve basis and items cannot be reserved or renewed.


Book Discussion Kit Guidelines for Hudson owned kits:

  • Book discussion kits may be checked out for eight weeks. They may not be renewed.

  • Kits are checked out to one person. Members of the group should get their copies from the person who checked out the kit. Kits come as a set. Individual items from the kit may not be checked out.

  • The individual who checks out the kit is responsible for the return of the complete kit.

  • Overdue book discussion kits will be fined $1 per day per kit, with a maximum fine of $20 per kit.

  • All materials in each kit must be returned together; a library staff member will inventory the kit upon return.

The entire book discussion kit collection in the catalog can be viewed by clicking Book Kit Collection.


internet computersWe have 18 computers for public Internet access (one is in the Teen area).

  • The Internet computers require a MORE library card to logon and may be used 1 hour per day with an additional hour if computers are available.
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2013 or 2007 is installed on all computers.
  • Black and white printing is 10 cents per page, color is 50 cents per page.


We have two self-service copiers. Letter, legal and ledger (11x17) size copies are 10 cents each and color copies (letter and legal only) are 50 cents each. There is no charge to scan documents to a flash drive/USB thumbdrive.


The library offers two eBook services: Overdrive and Freading


OverdriveWith OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your library or school's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card or student ID, and these three steps:

1. Browse: Go to Wisconsin's Digital Library ( to find our digital collection and browse for titles.

2. Borrow: Use your library card to borrow a title. Titles you've borrowed will appear on your Bookshelf under your Account.

3. Enjoy: On your Bookshelf, you'll find options for enjoying each borrowed title, like Read (read an eBook in your browser using OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader), Play (stream a video in your browser), and Download (available for eBooks, audiobooks, music, and some videos).

For detailed help, go to


FreadingFreading is a downloadable e-book service. It has over 30,000 titles with more being added each day. Freading e-books are available with simultaneous access so there are no holds needed—an unlimited number of library customers may download a title at the same time. Access to Freading is limited to Hudson Area Library cardholders.

Log In (use your last name and library card barcode number)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


history room


The idea of a History Room was first proposed in the fall of 1982 to provide a room to be used for the storage of local history records - the room and its contents to be available to patrons for perusal of historical information. Many of the original contributions were from the University of Wisconsin River Falls Archives and Area Research Center.

Funding was received from the Williams Trust, used book sales, sale of the historical survey book "Buildings from the Past", and various individuals and organizations including St. Croix County Abstract, Hudson Area Senior Citizens, State Bank of Hudson, Duro Bag, Willis Miller, Bill and Catherine Heiting, Lorraine Jacobs, John Heywood and the City Council.

The Hudson Woman's Club purchased newspaper microfilm. Additional microfilm was purchased with donations from the Pierce County Historical Society, The St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society and the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Archives. Al Weitkamp made shelving and Nor-Lake donated the cost of shelf materials. The history room opened in early 1984.

Access policies and procedures for use of the History Room collections were established in May 1983:

  • Materials cannot be checked out and must be used in the history room.
  • Patrons are asked to sign a register which shows name, address and any other information deemed necessary for the safety of the materials.
  • Where feasible, fragile materials will be copied and copies used rather than the originals.
  • Name of the room to be the Hudson Area History Room. It was recommended to have Genevieve Cline Day recognized as an important local historian, either by hanging her picture in the room or by honoring her in some other way.

In 2003, the St. Croix County Historical Society was asked if they would like to become involved in the maintenance of the History room and its collections. Since then, Historical Society volunteers have contributed numerous hours organizing the materials and developing the collections.

Through the efforts of the Friends of the Library, additional books have been added. The Friends have also contributed money for the purchases of supplies and funded the printing and binding of a copy of the "Hudson Area Biographical Index". This index has 9,200 pages in 24 volumes.

The Collection

Focus of the collection is the city of Hudson, the St. Croix Valley and St. Croix County. The collection includes books, manuscripts, maps, microfilm, newspapers, school yearbooks, phone books, church books and local cemetery indexes.

One of the most useful resources in the collection is the "Hudson Area Biographical Index (HABI)" complied by Willis H. Miller. The HABI is a comprehensive listing of the names and information on more than 56,000 Hudsonites. It covers the "Hudson Star Times" from 1890 to 1905 and the "Hudson Star-Observer" from 1909 through 2005, as well as some earlier newspapers.

Digital Materials

In 2012, the Hudson Library and the ResCarta Foundation, using equipment provided by Northern Micrographics and a Pepsi Refresh grant, digitized over 300 photographs and artifacts. Click the link to view the the materials that were scanned: Open the Digital Archive page.


Inquiries on genealogy or local history will be answered as time permits. Initial research (about one hour) is free; copies are 10 cents per page, plus postage. Donations are always welcome. The volunteer staff does not have time to perform extensive "for pay" research.

Volunteer Schedule

The History Room is staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - 4 pm. We encourage visitors to email ahead to verify the availablity of a volunteer on any given date:

The room is available to patrons during regular library hours. However, it is locked when it’s not staffed.  Patrons who wish to use the room when it’s not staffed may sign-in with a valid ID at an information desk on the second floor. 

Additional Area Resources

St. Croix County Vital Records - Register of Deeds
1101 Carmichael Road
Hudson, WI 54016

Divorce and Civil Court Records - Clerk of Courts
1101 Carmichael Road
Hudson, WI 54016

St. Croix County Historical Society
1004 Third Street
Hudson, WI 54016

St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 396
River Falls, WI 54022

UW River Falls Area Research Center
170 Chalmer Davee Library
River Falls, WI 54022
(715) 425-3567


Information about reserving meeting rooms at the library can be found on the Meeting Room page.


The Library carries tax forms during the months of January-April. The remainder of the year you may download forms from the Internet.


Free WiFi is available on both floors. 

Last page update: December 5, 2015