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Need help with LINKcat or have a question about your account? Madison Public Library responds to email questions within 1-2 working days. We're happy to answer your question, but if it concerns overdues, fines, fees, a shelf-check for available books, or other time-sensitive information, please consider calling an open library instead.


Cart and Lists

Use the Cart to create a temporary list as you browse the catalog. When you're finished, place some or all items in the cart on hold or on a list. A cart isn’t connected to your library account and will be deleted after you leave LINKcat.

Create lists of your favorite items, items you want to check out later, or any other type of list you want to keep when you use LINKcat’s Lists feature. You must be logged into your library account to create and access your lists.

LINKcat Catalog

LINKcat is a library catalog with holdings for most libraries in the South Central Library System, a seven-county area that includes Madison and Dane County. You may borrow anything in the LINK catalog and have it shipped directly to your preferred pickup library. The service is free to all South Central Library System residents, who have a current library card.

Managing Your Holds

In LINKcat, you can have up to 75 items on hold.  You can manage your holds so that they are all pending, or you may suspend holds so too many items do not come at the same time.  You can also suspend holds if you'll be out of town or unavailable to pick your holds up, and may set a date for the holds to resume pending status.

Want to put more than 75 items on hold?  Use Lists to keep track of items you want to place on hold in the future.

Placing a Hold

To begin, search for an item in LINKcat, then select the...

Reading History

Reading history is an optional feature of LINKcat that many library users are excited about. It allows you to choose to save a record of everything you've checked out from the library in order to track things you've read or viewed over the years and may want to read or view again.