Use From Home

Gale Courses - Free online classes on a wide variety of subjects including technology, writing, business applications, arts, design, personal development and more.

Overdrive (download ebooks and audiobooks) - Our portal to downloadable e-books for Kindle, Nook and other readers, along with audiobooks for media players. Provided in cooperation with other Wisconsin public libraries.

Creative Bug - Online arts and crafts video lessons.

Transparent Language - Learn a new language from your computer or mobile device from anywhere.

MCM Podcast - Listen to the McMillan Conversation Maker Podcast! We bring you curated conversations with McMillan Librarians, community members, authors, musicians, artists, and more... Be inspired and entertained.

2-1-1 - Dial 2-1-1 on your phone or visit this website for help finding essential services like food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance and more.

Reference USA - Source of information on businesses and people for small business owners, marketing professionals, researchers and job seekers.

Helpful Links - Links that we use at the library to common websites, helpful references and local sites including links to local government and elected officials.

On-Line Magazines Collections

  • Magazines Unlimited - Thousands of magazines available through your computer, tablet or phone with no download limit.
  • Search General Magazines - Full text (read/print/download/email) articles from 1,700 magazines.  Click on CITE to get the appropriate citation for your bibliography.
  • Business and Academic - Full text (read/print/download/email) articles from 5,000 business and academic magazines.
  • Medical - Full text (read/print/download/email) articles from 1,300 medical magazines and journals.
  • Consumer Reports - Full access to the Consumer Reports website with product ratings and articles.


  • Learning Express  - Practice tests and tutorials, including PSAT, ACT, ASVAB and AP tests, MSOffice tutorials and much more.
  • Science Reference Center - Full-text science reference books, images, and periodicals for student and adult researchers.
  • History Reference Center - Full-text history reference resource for student and adult researchers.
  • Explora - A broad range of general information resources for the general public.
  • Britannica School - Encyclopedia content at elementary, middle and high school levels plus the Merriam Webster Dictionary and two Spanish-language encyclopedias, Britannica Moderna for older students and Britannica Escolar for younger students.
  • Britannica Library - Encyclopedia reference center for all ages.
  • NoveList Plus and Novelist K-8 - Book reviews, annotations, etc., for over 200,000 titles. Helpful whether you are looking for something to read or preparing a report.
  • Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers - Daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, starting in 2005 to the present, with an embargo delay of 60 days as well as some historical papers.
  • Newspaper Source Plus - Full-text current newspapers and articles, plus television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.
  • Newspapers World Collection - Historical newspapers from Wisconsin, the rest of the United States and other countries from the 1700s to the 2000s.
  • US Newstream - Current and archival news sources for the United States dating back to the 1980s.

For Business / Job Seekers

For Readers

  • Download EBooks/Audiobooks - Includes access to ebooks for Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers.
  • NoveList Plus - Book reviews, annotations, etc., for over 200,000 titles.
  • Literary Reference Center - Biographies, bibliographies, critical articles about authors and books, perfect for readers and book clubs.
  • WorldCat - Search the contents of the world's libraries.
  • Book Club Kits - Multiple copies of popular titles available through Madison Public Library.

For Local History / Genealogy

For Teachers and Educators

  • Education Research Complete - Full text for more than 1,060 journals and 133 books and monographs.
  • Professional Development Collection - A highly specialized collection of nearly 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.
  • TeachingBooks - Resources connecting you and your students to book and author materials that meet your specific grade level and subject areas of interest.

Other On-Line Resources

  • Consumer Health Complete - Health and wellness reference books, encyclopedias, reports and fact sheets.
  • PBS Wisconsin Education - Video programs for Wisconsin's K-12 students and teachers, available via streaming or download.
  • GreenFILE  - Scholarly, government and general-interest titles on the human impact on the environment.
  • LISTA - Index to librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, etc.
  • Auto Repair Source - Comprehensive auto repair database.