Comprehensive Digital Resources Collection

In light of suspending library service due to recommendations by health officials, we at the Portage Public Library recognize more than ever the value of accessible, digital resources. This list may evolve as we move forward; we hope our patrons find the following links and digital resources useful. We are committed to keep our staff and community healthy, safe, and informed!

Borrowing Digital Collection Materials:

It's a better time than ever to take advantage of the thousands of digital e-books and audiobooks one can borrow for free with their library card by using Libby! You can download the application on your phone or tablet. 

∙ Click here to learn more!

Access Ancestry.com with your Library Card:

Individuals interested in accessing the Ancestry.com digital library for research can do so from their home, by using a valid South Central Library System library card.

∙ Click here to log in using your library card

Education at Home:

Each week, more digital resources are making themselves free and easily accessible in an effort to supported continued home education.

Click here to access the National Emergency Library

"Announcing the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed."

Click here to create a free account with Transparent Online

Learn a language from home with Transparent online! All Portage Public Library patrons can use this resource to work on learning a new language from your computer, phone, or tablet. You'll need your library card number to create an account. Don't have one? Click here to learn about getting one!

EBSCO is offering free access to eBooks Academic Collection, Academic Search Ultimate, and Business Source Ultimate to all Wisconsin residents through June 28th, 2020.

Click here to access eBooks Academic Collection

Click here to access Academic Search Ultimate

Click here to access Business Source Ultimate

Newspaper Archive is offering access to their 300 million page newspaper collection to all Wisconsin residents through May 15, 2020.

Click here to access Newspaper Archive

Resources for Seeking Assistance:

Need help with unemployment? Department of workforce Development's Unemployment Covid-19 Public Information:

∙ Click here to be taken to their Frequently Asked Questions

Experiencing financial hardship? UW Extension's Financial Resources to Help Get Through Covid-19:

∙ Click here to be taken to their Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Taxes:

In consideration of Covid-19, the IRS has launched a resources page to help taxpayers better understand adjustments they've made regarding tax filing:

∙ Click here to be taken to the IRS' Coronavirus Tax Relief page

State and Local Updates (Voting, Department of Workforce Development, etc.):

In addition to this resources page, we are compiling information relative to state and local updates that we think our patrons may find valuable.

∙ Click here to be taken to our State and Local Updates Page

Financial Relief and Business Owner Resources:

Here is a list of links that could apply to individuals' seeking guidance for their business, or for information regarding financial Relief:

∙ Click here to be taken to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources page

∙ Click here to be taken to CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

∙ Click here to be taken to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Recommendations on how to Protect Yourself

En Español: Proteja sus finanzas del impacto del coronavirus

Stay Up-to-date on Library Information:

Checking our website is always a great way to stay current on library updates, but we also recommend following our three Facebook pages:

Portage Public Library Main Facebook Page

Portage Public Library Children's Department Facebook Page

Portage Public Library Teen Facebook Page

If you have department-specific questions, please feel free reach out to the respective member of Library Leadership!

Library Leadership Team contact information