Navigating Door County Library’s Online Resources

It’s a surprise to some Door County Library patrons that the Sturgeon Bay Library has computers.

“If they haven’t been to the library in a long time, they’re shocked,” youth librarian Beth Lokken said.

Of those who are aware that the Door County Libraries have computers for the public to use, few are taking full advantage of the libraries’ digital resources, which include a large e-book and audiobook library, accessible by smartphone or e-reader, the state funded database BadgerLink, and an archive of the newspapers in Door County, dating back to 1862.

The library’s online resources are accessible through the Door County Library website. A new website was rolled out July 15 with an interface that makes the online resources easier to find.

BadgerLink is an online resource provided by the State of Wisconsin, with a wide variety of media available, including royalty-free music, travel books, manuals for cars, and access to online newspapers and magazines. It is free to anyone living in the state.

The Newspaper Archive, which was painstakingly converted from film format to digital, dates back to 1862. The Archive is organized by publication, and can also be searched by keyword.

E-books and audiobooks are available to check out online, and have already been purchased by the library. Readers can also request books for the library to add to its collection. Through the apps OneClickDigital and Overdrive, which are available on all e-readers and digital devices, library patrons can download e-books and audiobooks for free.

The OneClickDigital and Overdrive libraries include fiction and non-fiction titles.

“There is generally not a whole lot of overlap between the two,” Lokken said.

Both OneClickDigital and Overdrive are convenient, accessible 24 hours a day, and can save readers a trip to the library. However, for those who require more help with the programs, or who are unfamiliar with digital devices, Librarians trained in the programs are happy to help.

“We are the genius bar of Door County,” Lokken said.

“Using your library card and your email address you can go in and download e-books to read or audiobooks to listen to. E-books and audiobooks then sit on your device for however long you have them checked out there, and at the end of the checkout time, they cease to function,” Lokken explained. Readers can also pick up printed brochures with frequently asked questions.

The automated return also eliminates overdue fees.

“It’s pretty slick,” Lokken said. “The hardest part is signing up.”

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