Newspapers & Microfilm


The library provides newspapers for patrons to read in the library. The library receives 2 copies of the Oregon Observer. One of the copies may be checked out for 2 weeks. All other newspapers are for in library use only.

Go to our Research & Discovery - Newspapers page for resources to access newspapers online.

Title Publication Frequency Retention
La Comunidad Biweekly Keep 4 issues
Isthmus Weekly Keep 4 weeks
Great Dane Biweekly Keep 1 copy
Fitchburg Star Monthly Keep 2 years
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Daily Keep 2 weeks
New York Times Daily Keep 2 weeks
Oregon Observer Weekly

Keep 6 months

USA Today M-F & Combined weekend issue Keep 2 weeks
Wall Street Journal Daily Keep 2 weeks
Wisconsin State Journal Daily Keep 12 weeks
Oregon Observer Microfilm


We have a microfilm reader that is available to the public on a first come first serve basis.

We have the microfilm for:

  • Oregon Observer, from 1881- 2016
  • US Census for Dane County from 1850-1870
  • US Census for Dodge County for 1850

Obituary and Marriage Index

We have a complete online index of obituaries from the Oregon Observer from April 2005 to present. Some obituaries from before 2005 are also indexed online. Search at LINKcat Newspaper Index.

We also have an incomplete physical index to obituaries published in the Oregon Observer from 1881 to 2017 and marriage announcements published from 1881-1945.

Request A Newspaper Article

Request a Newspaper Article

If you need help locating a newspaper article in print or online, you're in the right place.

Complete our Request a Newspaper Article form and a librarian will start searching for the article.