1. How do I get a library card?
Library cards are free to Wisconsin residents. Identification and proof of residence are required for adults when the card application is completed. An electronic signature is also needed when signing up for a library card. Minors (17 years old and younger) need a parent or guardian signature. There is no minimum age requirement to obtain a library card. Lawrence University students may also receive a card by showing current school ID.
Personal identification is required to check out library materials if a card is forgotten. Lost your card? The first time you lose it the replacement is free; subsequent replacements are $3.00. Please notify the staff if we need to change your name, address, or telephone on your account. Most library cards are valid for three years.
If you have any other questions about obtaining a library card or your account, please call (920) 832-6179.
Application... You can print and fill out an application ahead of time by opening the appropriate attachment above. Bring the application(s) to a service desk to get your library card; be sure to bring your ID and proof of address as well.
Accepted ID... Identification may be provided with any U.S. state driver’s license or identification card, a passport, a school ID, or any official picture ID.
Proof of address... Proof of WI address may be provided on the same driver’s license or identification card if it's current. Also accepted:
(1) An “official” piece of mail (electric bill, cable bill, etc.)
(2) Address on a bank statement, payroll statement, etc.
(4) Rental agreement with the complete address plainly entered.
Note: mail that is handwritten is not accepted. If you received a library card but were told you have to present proof of address, your card is stopped until that is presented.
For anyone under the age of 18... Identification and proof of address of the parent or guardian signing the responsibility statement on the application are required.
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