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Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition Ending in 2021

During the pandemic, Ancestry, and their partner ProQuest, have made Ancestry Library Edition available for users outside of the library. This arrangement will be ending on December 31, 2021. After that, Ancestry Library Edition will still be available from inside any InfoSoup library. 

Please visit our Ancestry Login page before December 31, if you would like to access the site from home. You will need to enter your library card number. 

Ancestry Library Edition

Our New Catalog is Live!

Our New Catalog, powered by BiblioCommons, is live! We think you will find it easier to use and will love the new features. Your library card number and PIN will remain the same, but you will need to register a username on the new catalog. Information about registering is below. If you set up an EZ Login on our old catalog, that will not work on the new catalog, but you can continue to use it to login to the old catalog.

Note about Reading History and Lists in the old catalog: Our BiblioCommons catalog provides new features and a new interface, but our old catalog will remain available if you prefer to use it. Unfortunately BiblioCommons cannot import lists from our old catalog, nor can it import or access the borrowing history in our old catalog. If your borrowing history is currently enabled, it will continue to keep track of items you check out, and can be accessed by signing into your account at https://catalog.infosoup.org/?section=MyAccount. If you have lists in the old catalog, those will remain. You will have the option to recreate them in BiblioCommons using the new shelves and lists features. 

To learn more, take a look at some of our introductory videos

Or you can dive right in. The first time you sign in, you will need to register.

Registration and Logging In

Watch our First Time Registration video, view our Registration flyer or follow these easy steps the first time you log in.

Visit the new catalog at infosoup.bibliocommons.com

  1. Click on the Log In/My Account dropdown in the upper right corner and select Log In/Register 
  2. Enter your library card barcode and personal PIN number. Your PIN will be the same in both the old and new catalogs. If you don't know your PIN, try your birthday in 6 digit, MMDDYY format, or contact your local library.
  3. If this is your first time signing in to the new catalog, you will be directed to register and create a Username.
  4. Think of the Username as your library nickname. This is the name others will see if you post any public comments - make it something memorable or something that says a bit about you.
  5. The Date of Birth field will automatically fill from your existing library account. Your date of birth is only used to determine if you are a minor. If the date is incorrect, complete the registration and then contact your local library. 
  6. An email address is optional and can be used to reset your password or PIN and receive notifications of items ready for pickup, coming due or overdue.

Once you create a username, you can login using that instead of your library card number. 

Privacy Settings

The new catalog has some great social features for connecting with other readers. However, not everyone wants to participate, and some would rather keep their reading activities private. the good news is the YOU have control over what gets shared with others. 

To view and manage your privacy settings:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. On the menu, click My Settings
  3. On the My Settings page, look for the Privacy section
  4. Set your default privacy settings for your Shelves and Feeds. Regardless of your default shelf setting, you can always make individual items private or shared. 

See Privacy Settings help page in the catalog for more details.

Shelves & Lists

You can use the help link in the new catalog to learn more about using the Shelves and Lists features. Our New Catalog Overview (11:21) video also walks through using these features. We also have two handout that discuss using Lists and Shelves in the new catalog. As stated above, at this time lists and reading history cannot be imported from the old catalog, but they will not go away and can be access at https://catalog.infosoup.org/?section=MyAccount.

Small Engine Repair Center

New to BadgerLink is the Small Engine Repair Reference Center!

  • More than 450 full-text reference books with original photos and illustrations
  • Information on more than 25 years of engine models
  • Coverage of more than 90,000 repairs
  • A full collection of Clymer repair manuals, with new and updated content added regularly

Help Us Build Better Libraries

Over the past year, libraries stepped up and quickly adapted to the challenges of the time by offering curbside deliveries, virtual classes and programs, expanded Wi-Fi outside the building, outdoor story walks and a laptop lending program.

Libraries serve as an important institution in Wisconsin communities, empowering people of all ages to explore the world through books, digital access and programs that spark curiosity, knowledge and imagination. But even though our libraries serve such a critical role in our community, federal funding for renovation, repair or new construction stopped in 1997. 

Now that Congress is reviewing a new infrastructure proposal, it is time to include libraries with the bipartisan Build America’s Libraries Act. This legislation would provide $5 billion to the construction and modernization of libraries across the country. Many of our libraries are in shared and repurposed spaces that aren’t up to the standards of modern-day use. Libraries could use this funding to tackle critical projects like expanded access for people with disabilities, upgrading broadband internet services and facility updates to make them more environmentally sustainable and improving protection against hazards such as lead, mold and COVID-19.

We’re asking you to step up for your library! It takes just a few moments to make your voice heard by contacting your representatives and senators and asking them to co-sponsor the Build America’s Libraries Act to secure future funding for the construction and renovation of libraries nationwide. Your support could help make an impact for America’s libraries and the communities they serve for generations to come.

Join us and Urge your Legislators to Build America’s Libraries!

Ancestry Library Edition

Explore genealogy records and your family’s history from your own home. With Ancestry Library Edition you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Remote access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

Your InfoSoup Library Card Number is required for Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition.

RB Digital Audiobooks Have Moved to Libby/OverDrive

On October 26, our RB Digital Audiobook collection was moved to the Libby/OverDrive platform. For now, the RB Digital Magazine collection will remain on the RB Digital platform and app. Please see the FAQ below to learn more about this transition or contact your local library.


Q. What is Libby
A. Libby is a free, award-winning app where you can borrow and enjoy digital content from Wisconsin's Digital Library. Learn more about Libby.

Q. Can I start using Libby/OverDrive now?

A. Yes. Visit Wisconsin's Digital Library now or download the Libby app. You will use your library card number and PIN to sign in if you are not already a Libby/OverDrive user. The RB Digital audiobook collection will be added on the 26th of October.

Q. Can I keep borrowing Audiobooks in RB Digital?

No. After your library's ebooks and/or audiobooks move to Libby, any current audiobook checkouts will be available in RBdigital through the remainder of their lending periods. This way, you can finish listening without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book.

Q. What will happen to my holds from RB Digital?

A. Holds will not be moved to Libby. You’ll need to place any ebook and/or audiobook holds again in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital holds, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Q. What will happen to my wish list from RB Digital

Wish lists will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to recreate your wish list using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital wish list, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Q. What will happen to my checkout history from RB Digital?

Checkout history will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to mark titles you've already read using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital checkout history, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.

Only ebooks and audiobooks will be moved to Libby at this time. Please continue to use RBdigital for other types of digital content from your library.

Q. What if I won't be able to use Libby?

Once your library's ebooks and/or audiobooks move to Libby, if you still aren't able to use Libby or libbyapp.com, you can use the original OverDrive app or your library's OverDrive website instead. These alternatives have the same titles as Libby, but offer slightly different features and device compatibility.