Research Resources

Lester Public Library offers a number of databases and research tools to help with your information needs. Most of these resources are available 24/7 and require a valid Wisconsin library card to access.

Looking for genealogy or local history resources?  We’ve got a page just for you!  Visit our Genealogy & Local History page.

Newspaper Archives

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It’s back!  MCLS libraries have subscribed to the WI Access Newspaper Archive database.  Click here to get access to the same great WI newspaper archive content you had before.


Newspaper icon For access to the Herald Times Reporter from 2002 to present, or to access many of the national newspapers, check out these databases made available through Badgerlink.  Click here to access.


wiscat-logoWiscat is the state-wide shared library catalog that allows us to borrow items through interlibrary loan.  If you are not finding what you want in our local library catalog, you can search state-wide to see if another library in Wisconsin owns it.  If you find what you’re looking for, call (920)793-7114 or email the library and we’ll order it for you.

To start your search click here.

Learning Express


If you’re studying for an exam, we can help! Through Badgerlink, library patrons have access to a wide variety of Learning Express online practice tests and guides.  You can study for dozens of different college or professional exams any time you want–even when the library is closed.


Some of the tests available include:

  • ACT
  • SAT
  • AP Exams
  • GED

You can also study for professional/occupational exams, such as:

  • Nursing exams
  • Cosmetology certification
  • CDL exam
  • Firefighter/EMT
  • Law Enforcement
  • Postal Worker
  • Civil Service Exams

Visit the Learning Express here.  To make this software work, you must use Internet Explorer or Edge.  It will not work with any other browser.

Medline Plus


Our recommended source for Health Information.

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families. It brings you information about diseases and conditions in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.


To get started click here.

Learn a Language



Always wanted to learn another language?

Now you can learn from the comfort of your own home! Transparent Language instructional programs offer written and spoken instruction in over a hundred languages.  Create an account to get started today.