If you’re looking to get your hands on the next NYT bestseller, make sure you have a library card ready to go. We’re breaking down how to get a Madison Public Library card — especially if you’re new to the city, you’re becoming a bookworm, or yours might’ve expired.
Requirements for a card
📍 Proof of residency in Madison. A driver’s license, current lease, or checkbook with name + address will all help you secure the right to read.
👪 Parents can apply for cards for their children as well. If the child is a MMSD student, they can apply without a parent’s ID. Otherwise, a valid photo ID is required.
Library cards come with...
📚 1,000+ print books
💻 Access to public computers
📘 A digital library home to 71,000+ eBooks and Audiobooks
📰 Online newspapers, magazines + research databases
🚘 Online book holds + curbside pickup
📱 Access to the Libby app for on-the-go reading
🚲 B-Cycle week passes to check out
Even if you’re already a member, remember that library cards expire every 4 years. Be sure to check the expiration date + renew if your card is a bit dusty.
Time to hit the books, Madison.