How to get a library card
If you do not already have a library card, you can apply for a library card on Madison Public Library's website. There are two options: a virtual library card and a full-use library card. You can use a virtual library card to access eBooks, audiobooks and other online materials. You can use a full-use library card to place holds for physical books, CDs and DVDs that you can pick up from your nearest Madison Public Library location.
Anyone can sign up for a free library card (children under 16 will need an adult's permission). You can do this online by filling out this form. If you are requesting a library card for a child under 16, their parent or guardian will also need to attach a copy of a valid photo ID to the request.
If you do not know where your library card is or your address has changed, you can fill out the online form and the library will send you a new card or update your information. If you have any questions, you can visit the library's Library Card information page, call the library at (608)315-5151 or watch this short video.
If you already have a library card, you can use it to browse materials on LINKcat. When you find something you’d like to check out, simply hit the “Place a Hold” button and choose the library that you'd like to pick it up at. You will be notified when your books or library materials are ready to be picked up. You can pick up materials safely and conveniently by making an appointment to pick up books online or by calling the library directly.
Are you unsure of what kinds of books you want? Fill out a quick form online and Madison Public Library librarians will put together a bundle of new books based on your interests. This is a great way to find new materials for the whole family.
No more library fines!
The Madison Public Library is now fine free! Madison Public Library stopped assessing late and overdue fees in August 2020 and is currently working on waiving existing fines for library patrons. You can call the library at (608)315-5151 to check on the status of your fines.