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Apply for a Library Card Online

While you're practicing social-distancing by remaining at home and avoiding crowds, you can still access many of Madison Public Library's digital resources with your library card. If you don't already have a valid library card, you can apply for one online. There are two card options: Virtual and Full Use.

Virtual Card

Features

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Madison Public Library Virtual Library Cards are only available to people who live in the South Central Library System (Dane, Green, Sauk, Columbia, Adams, Portage, and Wood counties) of Wisconsin.
  • Virtual Library Cards will NOT allow you to log in to LINKcat to place holds or check out physical materials.

What You'll Receive

  • A confirmation email that your request was submitted.
  • Once your request is processed, your new library card number will be emailed to you.

Full Use Card

Features

  • Access Wisconsin's Digital Library (home to more than 71,000 eBooks, Audiobooks, and stream-able videos)
  • Access online resources including newspapers, online magazines, research databases, and even more eBooks
  • Log in to LINKcat to place holds on and check out physical books, CDs, DVDs/Blu-ray Discs, etc. You can pick up physical items using our new Curbside Pickup Service.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Madison Public Library Full Use Library Cards are available to people who live in the Madison, WI area.
  • You will need to upload a copy of a valid photo ID. Only Library circulation staff will be able to view it and will promptly delete the file after processing your application.

What You'll Receive

  • A confirmation email that your request was submitted.
  • Once your request is processed, your new library card will be mailed to the address you list on your application.

Contact

Have a question? Contact our Circulation Department by phone (608-266-6357) or email.