For Visitors & Alumni



Library Directions

Library Hours

NEW ERA Guest Card


Circulation - What Can You Check Out & For How Long

Archives and Area Research Center - Geneaology, Local Records & More

BadgerLink & Other Electronic Resources

BadgerLink provides free access to many databases for Wisconsin residents. It is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). A system of IP detection is used to determine if you can log-on. The IP address ranges of the majority of the state’s public libraries, public schools, and Internet Service Providers have been registered to provide access to their users. Available resources include many Ebsco databases, NewspaperArchive, HeritageQuest, & more.

At UW Oshkosh, our license agreements with vendors such as Ebsco, Lexis Nexis, and many others prevent us from offering off-campus access to our databases to non-UW Oshkosh faculty, staff and students. We do offer use of our databases in the library. BadgerLink is a great alternative for Wisconsin residents.

Visitors to the library can have access to our guest wireless through their own personal laptop, tablet or phone. You will need a NEW ERA Guest Card to check out books. Come to one of the UW Oshkosh Libraries Circulation Desk, fill out an application form and present a valid Wisconsin identification card, such as a drivers license. You will get the card immediately and be able to use it immediately. There is no charge for a a NEW ERA Guest Card.

Visitors to Polk Library with a NEW ERA Guest Card can request access to the community computers at the circulation desk.  These community computers have a two hour access limit per day.


Common Questions

Can you check out items?

Yes!  If you have a NEW ERA Guest Card, you can check out items.  See the Guests, Community and Alumni column to see what is available.


Can I use the library computers?

Yes!  There are four community computers at Polk Library which are available.  To use these computers you must have a NEW ERA Guest Card and you have to fill out paperwork at the circulation desk
No.  There are no community computers.  However if you bring your own device, you can access the guest wifi.
No.  There are no community computers.  However if you bring your own device, you can access the guest wifi.


Alumni Privileges

In addition to the services described above, UW Oshkosh Alumni have limited Interlibrary Loan privileges to request items from other libraries.