In-Library Access Only

These databases can only be accessed inside the Appleton Public Library building.

Obituary Index

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

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  • Over 1,000 games from more than 75 different publishers: 1500+ PC titles & 500+ Android titles

  • No holds or waiting: download the games you want to your computer and play them whenever and wherever you are – no internet required*
  • Login can be used anywhere and on multiple devices
  • Parents can set a different password from the account to approve activation of game
  • Games check-out for one month. Towards the end of the check-out period, you should receive an email asking if you want to renew for another month. If you don't renew, the game is removed from your computer and game panel.

*An internet connection is required to download and activate the game. Once downloaded and activated, games can be played while off-line

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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

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. 

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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. 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 web site or the Biblioboard app. Books in the Indie Wisconsin collection that have been favorably judged by Library Journal receive a "Highlight" designation.


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


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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Primary Search

Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

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Professional Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

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