Reference Services: Our Reference Service, staffed by trained Librarians, is centralized from our Onalaska Library location to answer questions and assist users in finding materials to meet their needs and interests. Some of the
services provided include:
Personal, professional assistance by trained librarians is available to help you. Librarians are on duty at our Onalaska location to assist you in person, by telephone, or by email.
phone: (608) 781-9568, opt 2
email: [email protected]
This service is provided for materials not available within the County Libraries. The service is free and available at all five locations. Books, articles from magazines, and other materials that the County Library does not own may be requested. There
is a limit of five requests per person per week.
Here is a curated list of online resources you may find helpful.
- Bigcharts Look up stock histories by day without paying a fee
- Brainfuse Help Now eLearning for all ages and levels; access to live tutors for academic/homework help
- Driving Tests Access free practice DMV driving tests for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license, plus three online driver's manuals and an FAQ section
- Homeschooling Wisconsin Parents Association - Homeschooling resource for parents
- How Stuff Works Explains thousands of topics, ranging from the flu to black holes to conspiracy theories, with video and illustrations so you can learn how everything works
- Infobase Engaging and inspirational video database that provides popular educational shows for
children and adults, as well as documentaries and newsreel archives
- Learn a Language Learn a language on-line for free! Hundreds of free lessons for 8 different languages! Learn Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and English
- Brainfuse Job Now A versatile online service designed to support every step of the job search process; access live coaches for resume and interview help
- Brainfuse Vet Now Get help navigating the VA benefits system as well as academic tutoring and employment transition assistance from live online veterans.
- National Do Not Call List Registration is effective for 5 years. It will be illegal for most telemarketers to call you, and you will be able to file a complaint if a telemarketer
does call you. The website https://www.donotcall.gov provides information about filing a complaint
- Wisconsin Jobs The official announcement site for all State of Wisconsin classified civil service jobs
- Go Ask Alice Columbia University Health Question & Answer Service
- Hmong Health (Bilingual) Lub hom phiaj ntawm website kev sib txuas no yog kev pab rau cov haiv neeg Hmoob qhia txog kabmob kev nkeeg. Cov lag num nos tau kev pab los ntawm.
National Library of Medicine (NLM). Access to health information for Hmong people and those who provide health, education and social services to the Hmong community
- Medline Plus National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, other government sources including medical dictionary and medical encyclopedia
- Netwellness Non-profit consumer health site in operation for over 10 years. High quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at: Case Western
Reserve University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati
- Badgerlink Magazine and newspaper articles and a world of information
- La Crosse History A joint effort between LPL and Murphy Library (UW-L). You'll find it very useful for local history questions
- Library of Congress Historic maps, photos of America in all its wondrous color, documents both current and historical, and much, much more
- NoveList Plus Database of book recommendations. Use it
to find books in your favorite genre, read-alikes, and series information.
- WISCAT WISCAT (Wisconsin State Library Catalog)
- Wisconsin Digital Library (Libby) Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and videos. Hundreds of titles you can download to your computer or to a portable device
- Ancestry Discover your family tree! Access is available ONLY from a La Crosse County Library location
- Creative Bug Access to more than 1,000 online art and craft classes
- E-how More than 15,000 How-To solutions
- Hoopla Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!
- National Zoo Good animal information, terrific pictures, some web cams