Caregiver Resources

Thanks to a generous grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc., OML was able to establish a specialized collection of resources for people with memory loss and their caregivers.  This collection contains books, DVDs, kits, games, and resources from the Vilas County ADRC.

computers & WIFI

The Library provides computers and 24/7 Wi-fi for public use.  We also offer a number of devices that are available for checkout, including Wi-Fi hotspots, chromebook laptops, tablets, and remote meeting accessories.

Interlibrary Loan

Need something we don’t own? We’ll try to borrow it!

OML belongs to a network of more than 25 libraries with shared lending.  If there is an item we don’t have on our shelves, we are happy to request it for you from another library in Northern Waters Library Service.  You an also place your own holds through the catalog.

For harder to find items, we can also request materials through the statewide WISCAT interlibrary loan system.  Please bear in mind that newer items are usually not available for several months.

Interlibrary Loan

library of things

In addition to books and movies, you can check out things like cake pans, puzzles, games, ukuleles, sewing machines, cameras, and more!


The Northern Waters Library Service Mail-A-Book program is a county-funded library service for people of all ages who cannot use a public library because of disability or travel limitation or living in areas without a local public library. This service is available to residents of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn Counties. Eligibility for the Mail-A-Book service is outlined on the Mail-A-Book Card Application

Meeting Rooms

The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library (OML) strives to provide welcoming public spaces, including making several of our rooms available for use by reservation.  

Rooms can be reserved in person, by phone, or by using the “Reserve a Room” button.


The Library offers many standard document services, including printing, photocopying, digital scanning, faxing, and laminating.

We also offer remote printing from your own device using Princh cloud printing.


The Library offers free exam proctoring by appointment.  Please contact the Library to schedule proctoring services, an exam room, and any technology you may need to use.  

Please note that we cannot provide proctoring services in our public areas, nor can we change computer settings/install programs on the Library’s devices.

talking books & Braille library

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audiobooks and Brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot read or use regular print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. In addition, WTBBL also circulates audiobooks and braille materials about Wisconsin or by Wisconsin authors, as well as audio-described DVDs.

WTBBL patrons receive and return books and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal Service.

tax forms

The Library carries some of the basic tax forms for the
current year. These are available for the public to stop in and pick up each January through mid-April.

We can also assist you in printing any other tax forms you may needs.  We suggest that people know which tax forms they need before they come in.

Technology help

OML staff can assist you with technology needs.  For simple issues, walk-in help is available as staff time permits.  If your issue requires additional time, please make an appointment by using our calendar or contacting the Library.

  • Devices we can assist with: laptops, notebooks, Chromebooks, Ipad/Iphone, Android smartphone, tablets.
  • Topics we can assist with: device basics, Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, device/notification settings, cyber security basics, creating an email account, social media basics.
Technology help