How do I get a LIBRARY CARD?

Photo ID + current proof of WI address

If your driver's license has your current address, that's all you need.

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? You can receive one replacement card every 12 months for free. Additional replacements within a 12 month period will cost $3.00. Please notify the staff if we need to change your name, address, or telephone on your account. Library cards are valid for one year, at which point we confirm your contact info and renew it for another year.

If you have any other questions about obtaining a library card or your account, please call (920) 832-6179.


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.
(3) Checkbook
(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.

If you lose your card let us know right away so we can ensure no one else can use your card. Replacement cards (you will get a new number) are free the first time each calendar year, with each successive replacement costing $3 in the same year.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Everything checked out on your card is your responsibility, so be careful about loaning your card to others. Please note that while others may use your card to check out, they may *not* use your library card number to access the internet computers at the library.