Individual Library Card Application Form
Apply for a Library Card at Madison Public Library by filling out the form below.
Once the form is submitted, a new library card will be mailed to you. Your full use 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 proof of current address and apply in person.
PLEASE NOTE: Applying for a Library Card requires you to submit a copy/photograph of a valid photo ID. If you are unable to submit a valid photo ID, you can still apply for a Virtual Library Card to access eBooks and eAudiobooks in Wisconsin's Digital Library. Once your application has been processed, Library staff will delete any copies/photographs submitted.
How to apply for a card 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.
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.