Individual Library Card Application
Apply for or renew a Library card account at Madison Public Library by filling out the form below.
If you are applying for a new Library card account or replacing a lost Library card, a new card will be mailed to you once you complete this form. If you are renewing your account or updating information on it, you can continue to use the Library card you have once we update your account with the information from this form. If your card is lost AND needs to be renewed, you should select "Replace a lost card."
Your Library card provides access to Wisconsin's Digital Library, numerous online resources, and allows you to log in and place holds on physical materials in LINKcat. Please note that if you apply online, you will not be able to use your new card until you receive it in the mail. If you would like to use your card the same day you apply, please visit your local neighborhood library with your photo ID and provide permanent address verification or an acceptable address.
PLEASE NOTE: Applying for a Library Card requires you to submit a copy/photograph of a valid photo ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include State ID/driver’s license, school ID, work ID, passport, official DMV print-out, or military ID.
Applying for Cards for Youth Ages 0-15
Please fill out the form below with the information of the child/youth and submit a copy/photograph of a valid photo ID of the child's parent or guardian.
Students without Parent/Guardian ID
Students age 15 and under may apply for an Easy Access Card by submitting a copy/photograph of their school ID or other valid photo ID.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 266-6357 if you have any questions.
Madison Public Library cards are only available to people live in the Madison, WI area or the South Central Library System. If you live outside this service area, please contact your local library to apply for a card.
Why does this page look different?
You may have noticed that the URL and styling of the page are different than madisonpubliclibrary.org. Because you are required to upload a copy of your photo ID, we wanted to give that file even more security than what our public website offers. You can submit your application confident that only Library staff will be able to see the file you upload and that once your application has been processed, the file will be deleted.