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Ancestry Library Edition

Explore genealogy records and your family’s history from your own home. With Ancestry Library Edition you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Remote access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until June 30, 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

Your InfoSoup Library Card Number is required for Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition.

RB Digital Magazines Moving to OverDrive

Our RB Digital magazine collection is now on OverDrive! The RB Digital app and website are still currently available, but will be going away soon. Please start to use the Libby app or WPLC OverDrive web site for checking out digital magazines.

Unlike RB Digital magazines, OverDrive magazines will come with a checkout date. You can set your lending period to 7, 14, or 21 days. Most magazines will be always available and can be checked out multiple times. More importantly, Magazines do not count toward your checkout limit. For most magazines, three years worth of back issues will be available. Visit OverDrive magazines now.

2021 Fox Cities Reads

George, By Alix Gino is this year's Fox Cities Reads selection. Please visit the Fox Cities Reads web site to learn more. 

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UPDATE: Issues with Shoutbomb - Text Notifications

We believe Shoutbomb issues have been resolved. If you have previously signed up for the service, please text mycards to 833 403 0523 to confirm if your library card is registered with the service. You can also text hl to see if you have any items on hold and mybooks to see what items you have checked out.

If your card is not registered, please follow the instructions on the Shoutbomb page to sign up again. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you continue to have issues with this service, please contact your local library with details. 

November 12, 2020

We continue to get reports from users not getting their text notifications about library materials. We are working with the vendor to try and resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Until the problem is resolved, we recommend also getting email notices and checking your account online regularly to see if material is available or due to return. We apologize for the inconvenience.

RB Digital Audiobooks Have Moved to Libby/OverDrive

On October 26, our RB Digital Audiobook collection was moved to the Libby/OverDrive platform. For now, the RB Digital Magazine collection will remain on the RB Digital platform and app. Please see the FAQ below to learn more about this transition or contact your local library.


Q. What is Libby
A. Libby is a free, award-winning app where you can borrow and enjoy digital content from Wisconsin's Digital Library. Learn more about Libby.

Q. Can I start using Libby/OverDrive now?

A. Yes. Visit Wisconsin's Digital Library now or download the Libby app. You will use your library card number and PIN to sign in if you are not already a Libby/OverDrive user. The RB Digital audiobook collection will be added on the 26th of October.

Q. Can I keep borrowing Audiobooks in RB Digital?

No. After your library's ebooks and/or audiobooks move to Libby, any current audiobook checkouts will be available in RBdigital through the remainder of their lending periods. This way, you can finish listening without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book.

Q. What will happen to my holds from RB Digital?

A. Holds will not be moved to Libby. You’ll need to place any ebook and/or audiobook holds again in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital holds, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Q. What will happen to my wish list from RB Digital

Wish lists will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to recreate your wish list using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital wish list, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Q. What will happen to my checkout history from RB Digital?

Checkout history will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to mark titles you've already read using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital checkout history, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Only ebooks and audiobooks will be moved to Libby at this time. Please continue to use RBdigital for other types of digital content from your library.

Q. What if I won't be able to use Libby?

Once your library's ebooks and/or audiobooks move to Libby, if you still aren't able to use Libby or libbyapp.com, you can use the original OverDrive app or your library's OverDrive website instead. These alternatives have the same titles as Libby, but offer slightly different features and device compatibility.

Digital Magazines Upgrade!

Our digital magazine subscription has gone from 100+ magazines to over 3000! Use the filter option to browse magazines by categories such as Automotive, Boating, Crafts, Cycling, Food & Cooking, Games, Hobbies, Music, Pets & Animals, Sports, and more! Also included are hundreds of special single-issue publications. Check out the large number of international titles, with publications in 18 languages. As before, there are no holds, no checkout limits, and no returns necessary. To sign in or register, visit the InfoSoup RB Digital Magazine page or download the RB Digital app.

Please Note: OverDrive has recently acquired RBmedia’s library business, including RB Digital Audiobooks and Magazines. Sometime in the near future, RB Digital content will migrate to OverDrive. The same content will continue to be available, but no longer on the RB Digital app and platform. More details to be posted soon.