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Madison Public Library is here to support your family as you return to school online and in-person. Learning has always happened outside the school walls through self-directed exploration and play. While your child may not have the same access to academic content that they might in an average year, we believe they can still thrive and learn emotionally, creatively, and physically.
As a caregiver, you are doing great! But if you would like to add more to your at-home educational and recreational mix, these librarian-approved resources can help...
Keeping your child supplied with books they are interested in and motivated to read can be the greatest predictor of eventual reading success.
But how do you do that during COVID with safe social distancing?
Kids of any age are welcome to get a free library card. Kids under the age of 16 need to have their parent or caregiver's permission. To get a card, fill out this form. Remember to submit an electronic copy of the parent or guardian's photo ID. Not to worry, it is easy to do and secure.
Don't know where your card is or your address has changed? You can also fill out the online form. We will update your information and send you a new card if yours has been lost. MPL also has a virtual card. This card will let you use MPL's electronic databases but doesn't allow you to check out books. Have questions? Visit our Library Card information page.
I can’t seem to place a hold because I have fines, I thought you were fine free?
Madison Public Library went fine free in August of 2020. Library staff will work with all partners and vendors and will work with affected customers during a transition period. Library customers may not notice an immediate change to their library records. Questions about library accounts can be addressed to the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-266-6357.
How can I get books for my kid?
Check out our page on Browse Virtually page or call our reference desk at 608-315-5151 (toll-free 888-266-7805).
Should I be returning books now?
Yes, all of our locations are accepting returns during holds pickup hours. Drop them in our oversized bins outside our libraries. They will be quarantined for 3 days and then checked in.
Our internet is down, or can I print something?
You can make an appointment to visit one of our libraries to use a computer for one hour and to print up to 25 pages in black and white and 10 pages in color for free. We have special rooms available for families who need to bring young children along. To make an appointment call 608-315-5151 (toll free 888-266-7805) 11am - 7pm Monday - Friday, 12pm - 5pm on Saturday. Learn more on our Internet and Computer Access page.
Help, my kid is struggling!
We are bored.
How can I find information on help with rent relief, food purchases, and other basic needs?