Collections

The Olson Memorial Library has many formats of material for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure. 

Types of material include:

  • DVD

  • VHS

  • Audio books in both CD and cassette format,

  • Large print,

  • Newspapers

  • and magazines.

Library Databases

With a library card you have access to the following digital resources:

Merlin Online Library Catalog logo

Merlin is the catalog shared by NWLS member libraries. Your Merlin card number can be used to access your account and place holds, request items from other libraries, renew your items, or check the status your library record.

 OverDrive logo - download eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) offers an OverDrive catalog of downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and music that can be reserved and/or checked out with your library card  for devices such as an ebook reader, Kindle, tablet, or smart phone. Visit http://dbooks.wplc.info to browse the collection and get started today! 
 Badgerlink - Online auto reference, encyclopedias, magazine and journal reference,

BadgerLink is a statewide resource for Wisconsin residents and Wisconsin Library cardholders. Some of the many resources included FREE in BadgerLink include: 

  • Full-text access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica - Elementary, Middle School, High School, standard and mobile editions
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete 
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Teaching Books
  • Wisconsin Media Lab
  • NoveList and NoveList K-8
  • Science Reference Center
  • Student Research Center
  • Searchasaurus online search for kids
  • LitFINDER
...and more! *Note that if BadgerLink does not automatically recognize your IP address as a Wisconsin location, you may be asked to log in with a library card number to access the resources here. 
 Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition is an extensive library genealogy research tool. Ancestry can only be accessed from our library's public access computers.  
 

Learning Express Library offers a variety of learning tools for all ages. You'll find business, academic and personal-interest skill-building courses, eBooks, exercises, and practice tests: Elementary school, middle school, high school, college prep, GED prep, workplace skills improvement, occupation practice tests, U.S. Citizenship tests, skill building for adults, and popular software tutorials. High school students have access to all kinds of information for Advance Placement (AP) prep, ACT prep, SAT prep, college admissions prep, and more. It's all FREE with your library card. Check it out!

  Job & Career Accelerator is a service of Learning Express, and contains everything you need for a successful job search in one easy-to-use online resource. You can search for local and national job postings, create professional resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing skills, and match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you.  
 Wiscat - Catalog of public and academic libraries in the state of Wisconsin Wiscat is the state-wide catalog for most public and academic libraries. Items found in the Wiscat catalog can be borrowed through interlibrary loan by contacting or calling the library (715)479-8070.
 WorldCat - online catalog for public and academic libraries world-wide WorldCat is a worldwide catalog of library collections that includes more than 67 million bibliographic records with items in many different formats. Patrons can access this database at any library or at home with a user-friendly search page.  

Quick Links

Quick Reference and Fast Facts

Almanacs | Automotive | Biographies | Calculation and Measurement | Calendars/Time Zones | Countries | Dictionaries/Language | Encyclopedias | Etiquette | General Reference | GED/Education | Health Care | History |
Job Search | Law/Legal | Maps and Locators | Newspapers | States and Cities | Statistics and Profiles | Stock Quotes| Translators | Weather Forecasts/History/Road Conditions 

General Reference

About.com
Librarian's Index to the Internet
New York Public Library Reference Links

Almanacs

Information Please Almanac:  Brief facts on many topics, searchable by subject or keyword.
InfoPlease -This Day in History:  Significant events by date, searchable by month, date, and year.

Automotive

Auto Repair Reference Center:  The step-by-step procedures are written specifically for the auto repair do-it-yourselfer, but comprehensive enough for professional technicians. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.

Biographies

Wisconsin History:  The dictionary gives brief lives of more than 2,000 famous Wisconsin people (and many not so famous).
Biographical Dictionary:  This biographical dictionary covering 28,000+ personalities has advanced search capabilities.
Virtual Reference-Science & Technology- Biographical Sources:  A directory of biographical information about scientists and mathematicians.

Calculation & Measurement

Fast Food Facts: For fast food products.
Financial Planning Toolkit: Financial Calculators:  Calculators for loan rates, mortgages, refinancing comparisons, amortization, debt consolidation, and more.
The Inflation Calculator
What is a Dollar Worth?
MegaConverter2

Calendars/Time Zones

Calendar Zone:  Links to hundreds of calendars, including celestial, event, cultural, daily, and interactive.
Virtual Perpetual Calendars:  Includes calendars for every year in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as holiday dates, leap year information, and more.
TimeandDate.com:  Offers a variety of calendars and clocks for reference or personal use.
World Time Server:  See current time and deviation from GMT for all countries and many large cities. 

Countries

Global Road Warrior:  The Ultimate Guide to the World.  Use Library card number for access.
Flags of the World:  Each country's flag is pictured in color, with a description of the significance of the colors and symbols, and a brief history.
Nationmaster.com:  NationMaster is a central data source to graphically compare facts about nations.
Nations of the World :  Provides links to each country's constitution and selected legal guides along with access to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Library of Congress American Historical Information:  Profiles of books on American politics, arts, culture, architecture, etc..  

Dictionaries/Language

FSI Language Courses: This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format.
BBC Language Courses: Audio and video courses for beginners and intermediates in 36 languages.
Acronym Finder
Bartleby.com:  Find quotations, poetry, English language style and usage, thesauri, encyclopedias and much more in this comprehensive reference resource.
Merriam Webster's Dictionary:  This easy-to-use dictionary includes multiple meanings (including British usage), as well as etymology and pronunciation of words.
On-line Medical Dictionary
Wordsmyth:  A dictionary/thesaurus with exceptional searching capabilities for hard-to-spell or frequently misspelled words and over 50,000 entries.
YourDictionary.com:  Links to 1,500 dictionaries covering 230 separate languages, from Afrikaans to Xhosa, plus specialized dictionaries, multilingual dictionaries, verb conjugators, translators, thesauri, synonyms and homonyms, quotations, etymology, and more. 

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica:  Links to Encyclopedia Britannica articles and similar web sites, by general category or specific search topic. 

Etiquette

The Knot:  Wedding etiquette. 

GED/Education

Comcourse GED program: The Comcourse's GED program is available for free for students seeking to enter college. The system provides a complete course of study in all of the subject areas. It is self-paced and requires only an Internet connection. It is open to anyone.
Northland Pines School District

Health Care

On-line Medical Dictionary
Health Finder:   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsored source for reliable health information.
Medicine Plus:  Trusted health information sponsored by U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
Medscape Medical Search:  Articles, News, Conference coverage, Clinical overviews and drug reference.
Clinical Trials: ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Marshfield Clinic Health Information Center:
Eldercare Planning / Long Term Care:
Contained here are 34 in-depth chapters, totaling over 690 printable pages, from 9 experts and covering all areas of long-term care planning, or as it's more commonly called, elder care planning. 

History

National Archives Footnote: For genealogists, history buffs, and even the average Web passerby. 
History of the Great Lakes: An online library on over 1300 items; including books, journal articles, maps and more.

Job Search

Job Hunt

Law/Legal

Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ):  This resource is designed to assist you with information covering all aspects of the role of the Department – from legal services to consumer help for seniors to crime prevention and law enforcement services, victims rights and environmental enforcement.
Wisconsin Court System for the Public:  Wisconsin Court System designed this web site for use by people representing themselves in divorce/separation, complaints against judges, complaints against interpreters, lawyer regulation, and more. 
Wisconsin State Law Library
Wisconsin State Legislature and Statues
Wisconsin Judicare: Equal access to justice

Maps & Locators

Google Street Maps:  Physical and geographic country maps.
Atlapedia Online:  Physical and geographic country maps, complete with statistics and factoids.
How Far Is It?:  This easy-to-use site calculates distance (as the crow flies) between any two points in the world and includes a map for further reference.
MapQuest!:  Interactive street atlases of the continental United States gives you mileage, door-to-door or city-to-city, and street maps with driving directions.
National Atlas:  Create your own maps based on information such as agricultural production, crime, geographic features, population, and more.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection:  Historical, countries and world.
TerraServer-USA:  Free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States."
Topozone:  Every USGS topographic 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States.
Topographic Map Symbols:  Help in interpreting the maps.
United States Geography:  USGS geographers monitor the changes on the land surface by observing the Earth with remote sensing satellites, studying the connections between people and those changes with careful geographic analysis, and providing society with relevant science information they can use to manage the consequences of those changes.
Google Earth:  Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information. Free program that must be downloaded but worth the effort. High speed internet access and a monitor resolution of at least 1024 by 768 is needed. 

Newspapers

Vilas County News Review:  News for Eagle River, WI and surrounding communities.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wall Street Journal

States, Cities and Counties

Vilas County: Government Services
Wisconsin State Government:  Links to Wisconsin State offices, public services, state facts and more.
50 States and Capitals: Information for all fifty states and seven territories, including state flags (picture and description), state symbols, political and geographical information, and a direct link to the state's official web page.
Official City Sites:  Links to official state and city web pages in the U.S. and several European countries.
Sperling's Best Places:  Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate.
Townhunter:  Compare over facts about U.S. cities.
United States Gazetteer:  Locate a city, township or county by name or zip code. Brief data includes 1990 population, as well as an interactive map of the area. 

Statistics & Profiles

Consumer Price Index:  Get the most current CPI press release, or look at an overview of CPIs from 1913-present.
Wisconsin Labor Market Information:  Access statistics about the Wisconsin work force, including the county snapshots,
Wisconsin Office of Economic Advisors:  The Office assists economic data users to better understand the relationships between labor markets and other economic and demographic specifics.
FedStats:  Statistics from 70 U.S. government agencies, searchable by keyword and agency.
United States Census Bureau:  Searchable site with many statistics for the U.S.
State and Metropolitan Data Book
Fact Finder: Contains, under "Other Official Statistics," links to state and international data centers, and the department of commerce. For the latest 1990 census reports see:
Census 2000 Gateway
U.S. State Fact Sheets:
  Basic and agricultural statistics on every state in the U.S., compiled by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wisconsin Blue Book:  The Blue Book contains facts and statistics on Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Health Statistics:  Statistics on Cancer, Health Care Providers, Health Surveys, Health Insurance, Population, and Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages, Divorces, Life Expectancy). 

Stock Quotes

Big Charts:  Provides interactive charts for stocks and mutual funds, as well as current and historical quotes.
Quote.com:  Thorough and detailed quote coverage. 

Translators

Free Language Translation
WorldLingo: (Translation, Localization, Globalization)
Symbols.com:  Common symbols from a variety of cultures are searchable by graphic element or meaning. 

Weather Forecasts/History/Road Conditions 

National Weather Service Point Forecast
National Weather Service Radar Image
Historical Climate Summaries:  (Midwest Regional Climate Center)  Historical highs, lows, and precipitation records from weather stations around the Midwest.
Wisconsin State Climatology Office
Wisconsin Road Conditions:  From the Dept. of Transportation. Not updated during the summer.
Wisconsin Construction and Detours

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