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.
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.
Education at Home:
Each week, more digital resources are making themselves free and easily accessible in an effort to supported continued home education.
"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."
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.
Newspaper Archive is offering access to their 300 million page newspaper collection to all Wisconsin residents through May 15, 2020.
Resources for Seeking Assistance:
Need help with unemployment? Department of workforce Development's Unemployment Covid-19 Public Information:
Experiencing financial hardship? UW Extension's Financial Resources to Help Get Through Covid-19:
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:
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.
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:
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:
If you have department-specific questions, please feel free reach out to the respective member of Library Leadership!