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Milwaukee Public Libraries Increase Digital Access to Members

Reading: It’s a novel idea

On March 16, the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) made the decision to temporarily close their libraries in accordance with the Stay at Home order. With the extension of the order, MPL has decided to increase its digital access to items for library cardholders.

For those with pre-existing checked out books, library due dates have been extended until June 1. Anyone with a card expiring during this time will be automatically renewed to encourage social distancing.

For those looking for a new read, MPL has a variety of digital options for its members from news, to magazines, to music, to scholastic sources.

Readers who are looking to keep up with the news now have access to the service Pressreader. The service will be available for members through June 13 and includes over 7,000 publications, such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Rolling Stone, in more than 18 languages.

Magazine readers will receive an extended selection of publications on RBdigital starting May 1. The selection will expand to 3,200 titles, including magazines such as BBC Focus and Yoga.

Music buffs can now check out more music from Hoopla, going from four borrows per month to eight. This will go through May 31. There is also a selection of Bonus Borrows, which is a special collection that can be checked out but won’t count towards the individual’s borrows per month.

Working on a school project, or doing research? MPL gives cardholders access to Badgerlink, a database consisting of academic sources and educational games from licensed, trustworthy sources. Badgerlink’s resources and content cannot be found in a typical free web search.

However, for those hoping to get their hands on a physical book during this time, there is still hope. Certain branches may be able to offer curbside pick up again as soon as Friday. To keep up with the newest changes and additions to the library’s access, visit MPL’s COVID-19 FAQ page.

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck