Digital Services

Digital Services


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.

Overdrive E-book Service

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).

To get started or for detailed help, go to

Freading E-book Service

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)