Online Resources & Databases


Wisconsin resource sharing platform commonly referred to as our Interlibrary Loan service.


Connecting you to a world of information online with WorldCat (a database of over 45,000,000 books, periodicals, and other materials held in libraries around the world).

Library of Congress

Web site for the Library of Congress (the world’s largest library) with a link to their catalog and the many digital collections available online.

Universal Class

Access hundreds of Online Courses brought to you by the Monarch Library System.


BadgerLink is supported by the Department of Public Instruction to provide Wisconsin residents access to quality online information in cooperation with the state’s library community.


Databases offers millions of business profiles, residents, healthcare professionals, job listings, interview tips, resume templates, background and criminal search results, and much more!

Consumer Reports

Get access to the popular consumer magazine! Consumer Reports offers the opportunity for you to search the PDF full-text of articles from 1991-present.


Get trusted data and analysis on thousands of mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds through Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Auto Repair Source

From the experts at MOTOR, this auto repair database provides service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins, parts pricing, and more to help you repair your vehicle.

Ancestry & History Resources


Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; and ship passenger lists. (In Library Use Only)

Heritage Quest

Do you like genealogy and history? Use Heritage Quest to find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Census Records 1790-1930. Also, find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories.

History Reference Center

For teachers and students, this resource offers full-text books, magazines, historical documents, biographies, and multimedia. It also provides nearly 57,000 historical documents and 40,000 historical photos and maps. Also get access to more than more than 1,990 full-text reference books and full-text articles searchable by reading level indicator (Lexile). This is a great database for homework and research!

Learning & Education Resources

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner.

Learning Express Library

LearningExpress Library gives you access to to web-based practice tests, tutorials, ebooks, and more that help with career preparation, college admissions, and personal education.You can access all 8 of their learning centers. This is provided by Badgerlink.

Learning Express Adult Learning Center

The Adult Learning Center includes test preparation for the GED® and U.S. citizenship tests, along with skill building materials that cover subjects like math, reading, writing, and public speaking. This is provided by Badgerlink.

PBS Wisconsin Education

PBS Wisconsin Education offers innovative, cost-free multimedia resources including videos, student interactives, eBooks, sound files, and a new Wisconsin historical inquiry adventure game. Educational videos, images, sound files, and animations spanning all curricular areas. Provided by PBS Wisconsin.

Pashto Speakers

A set of free English lessons for Pashto speakers. Each lesson is one mp3 sound file. You can listen online, or download the file to your device and listen later anytime. Also, there is a PDF with the words written in English and phonetic Pashto.

Book & More Resources

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Are you looking for a special news article? Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers offers the full-text of daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s. This is provided by Badgerlink.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE offers more than 2,300 full-text magazines and journals, more than 870 full-text reference books, more than 73,000 full-text primary source documents, more than 1.6 million photos, maps and flags, more than 70,000 videos from the Associated Press (AP). Provided by Badgerlink.


Are you looking for that next great book? Try Novelist! This is a good resource for avid readers to get book read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more! Provided by Badgerlink.

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 is a resource to help elementary and middle school age children find books, readalikes, discussion guides, and more! Provided by Badgerlink.


WISCAT is provided by the Department of Public Instruction. Discover books, music, movies, magazines and more in Wisconsin libraries when you can’t find them in the Monarch Catalog! To request materials in WISCAT, contact the Reference Desk at 262-335-5152 or stop by the library.

Reference Shelf

Each year, over 250 carefully selected articles and documents provide balanced coverage, supported by comprehensive background information, on the topics of vital interest to students and researchers in our fast-changing world. Access information on current events through the Reference Shelf online through the West Bend Library.

Local, State, & Federal Resources

Wisconsin State Tax Forms

Find the information you need regarding the Wisconsin State Tax including forms and instructions. The library provides hard copies of many commonly-requested state tax forms and instructions. Tax forms from previous years, or those not provided by the library, can be copied or printed for a fee of $0.25 per page.

Federal Tax Form

Find everything you need in regards to the federal tax at the Internal Revenue Service website. The library provides hard copies of many commonly-requested federal tax forms and instructions. Tax forms from previous years, or those not provided by the library, can be copied or printed for a fee of $0.25 per page.


The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Washington County has compiled a handout for seniors seeking tax assistance, available to view or print here. You can also pick up a copy from the library.

Senior Resources


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association offers information on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia symptoms, diagnosis, stages, treatment, care and support resources.

Assisted Living Directory

Assisted Living Directory is a comprehensive site offering free information for seniors and caregivers on assisted living information, services, and senior living facilities near you.

Lending Tree

Lending Tree is a leading online loan marketplace with one of the largest networks of lenders in the nation.

Justice in Aging

Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and more.

Retirement Living Information Center

Retirement Living Information Center is a site that helps seniors (and their adult children) search for retirement communities and senior housing that will meet their needs. is a site that offers products that are of use to seniors.

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration is the official website of the Social Security Administration.

Third Age

Third Age is a health and wellness site for women of all ages and their families.

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