In-Library Access Only

These databases can only be accessed inside the Appleton Public Library building. Library Edition - World Collection is an historical newspaper archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. 


  • Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List (includes titles from U.S. Newsstream, Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers, and Library Edition World Collection)
  • Contains United States, Canada, United Kingdom & Ireland, Australia, and Panama titles
  • At least 150 Wisconsin titles
  • Ongoing updates and new content continually added

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NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles. For school media specialists and teachers there are Standards-Based Thematic Units and Picture Book Extenders, as well as specific teaching guides for using fiction in the classroom.

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NoveList K-8

Designed especially for elementary and middle school students, NoveList K-8 is an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

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Obituary Index

Partial index to obituaries and death notices from Appleton newspapers. This index is a work in progress.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Covers social issues, such as Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered
Species, and Terrorism. Consists of viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government
and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government
agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazines articles, as well as links to more
than 1,800 reviewed and subject-indexed web sites.

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Overdrive WI Digital Library (Libby app)

Downloadable audiobooks, music, eBooks, and videos. A total of 10 items may be checked out and 10 additional items placed on hold for a single account. You will likely encounter Hold Lists for some digital titles; we do not have unlimited access to digital titles. 

 HELP with Overdrive

  • The Overdrive app is called Libby by Overdrive
  • List of compatible devices
  • Choosing your Library when setting up/logging into your account
    • On a computer, use InfoSoup Libraries in the selection list to select your Library. Do not choose the Appleton Public Library in Minnesota as it will not work for you.
    • On the Libby app with a zip code search, select Wisconsin Public Library Consortium as your library. If you are using the "Choose Your Location" link, use InfoSoup Libraries in the selection list.
  • Getting Started with Overdrive | Overdrive Help
  • Transfer Overdrive holds to your new library card number. In the “describe your problem” section put in NEW card number (labeled as new) and old card number (labeled as OLD).

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Platbook Index

Name index to four plat books for Outagamie County: Platbook of Outagamie County, WI (1889), Platbook of Outagamie, WI (ca. 1910) Standard Atlas of Outagamie County (1917) and Atlas of Outagamie County (1942). The originals are shelved in the Wisconsin Collection at the Appleton Public Library. This index is a work in progress.

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Post-Crescent Index - APL

Citations to articles on local events from the The Post-Crescent newspaper, with some entries dating to the 1850s. The Library owns microfilm for most Appleton newspapers going back to 1853.

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Post-Crescent Online (Proquest Newspapers)

Full-text content (1999-current) of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

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Available to every resident of the state of Wisconsin, Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software that allows users to create, edit, format/design and generate professional-quality print-ready files and eBook files for your book — no matter how far along it may be. Libraries and their patrons use this tool for newsletters, poetry, novels and more in digital and print ready formats.


If you choose to use the PUBLISH tool in Pressbooks, you will see the option to submit to SELF-e, which sends your publication for review in Library Journal's SELF-e program.

Indie Wisconsin

The Indie Wisconsin site allows users to discover and read self-published eBooks by local authors.

For Pressbooks users: Books submitted to SELF-e which pass the basic review standards will be made available on the Indie Wisconsin page at and be available to anyone in the state using the website or the Biblioboard app. Books in the Indie Wisconsin collection that have been favorably judged by Library Journal receive a "Highlight" designation.

WI Author Project

The WI Author Project is an annual contest that aims to help WI authors expose their work, through their local library, to a broader audience. Submit your work in April via SELF-e. Participants have the opportunity to win a little money and acclaim for their work. Learn more at and The WI Author Project.

The video below was made for library staff to have an introduction to Pressbooks, Biblioboard (host of Indie Wisconsin), and WPLC's partnership that makes this tool available to WI residents. The video is longer than most that are posted for the public since it was created as a training tool; we include it here for those interested in the details.

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