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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm being asked to Log In to continue but I don't know which option to choose.

Users have 3 options to log in if prompted: 

  1. Find your city or town and your public library, then enter your public library barcode.
  2. Find your city or town and your school / school district, then enter your school's BadgerLink barcode (usually referred to as your login). Your school librarian can help if you don't know the barcode.
  3. Find Wisconsin, then enter your 5-digit zip code. 
I keep getting odd error messages or login screens when trying to access the resources. What's going on?

If the messages are not on the BadgerLink website you may be accessing the resources through incorrect links - bookmarked pages and timed-out sessions are the biggest culprits. Clear your browser's cookies and cache and try again through our Resources page. If you are linking to our resources from your own website, double check them against the information on our BadgerLink Resource URLs Google spreadsheet. More info on BadgerLink on your Website.

I don’t live in Wisconsin. Can I use BadgerLink?

Nope, sorry! The BadgerLink contracts stipulate that access is given only to Wisconsin residents. See what resources your state provides.

Where can I recommend a resource?

BadgerLink resources are selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, however we welcome feedback at any time! Send us an email or call 888-542-5542, toll-free in Wisconsin. For additional details about our resource selection process, see the About page.

How do I find an obituary in BadgerLink resources?

BadgerLink provides access to multiple newspaper resources with historic Wisconsin newspapers available in them. The Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List provides a link to the BadgerLink resource, listed by Wisconsin city and newspaper titles available within that city. Once you have identified the resource with the paper coverage you seek, you can do a search for names within that resource to find newspaper articles and obituaries.

However, BadgerLink newspaper resources are not the only means to access certain Wisconsin newspapers: Wisconsin Historical Society has an excellent online guide to Wisconsin newspapers available, including Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers 1833-2004. Wisconsin Historical Society also has an obituary and article request service, and can work with genealogists outside of Wisconsin, whereas our collection is to be used by current Wisconsin residents. You can contact their library and archives directly by email address: or

What are the copyright restrictions of BadgerLink resources?

Content is licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. 



  • Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers is owned by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and its contents are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws. You may use the site and its contents for personal research and educational purposes only

  • Britannica School is licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the Britannica Terms of Use page for more copyright information.

  • EBSCO resources are licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the EBSCO License Agreement page for more information. 

  • LearningExpress Library is licensed for educational or personal use by Wisconsin residents. Please contact for all content permissions inquiries.

  • ProQuest: HeritageQuest Online, Library Edition World Collection and U.S. Newsstream are licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions page for more information.

  •'s resources are licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the Policies page for more information.

If you have any questions about using BadgerLink resources, Ask a Librarian!