Policies

Circulation

Loan Periods:

3 Day “Lucky Day” DVDs

  • Free to check out!
  • Three day loan
  • Not renewable or reservable
  • Overdue charges 50¢ per day with NO GRACE PERIOD

3 Week “Lucky Day” Books

  • Three week loan
  • Not renewable or reservable
  • Overdue charges 50¢ per day with NO GRACE PERIOD

7 Day Materials

  • DVDs (limit 20)
  • Magazines

3 Week Materials

  • Books and paperbacks
  • Music Compact Discs (limit 20)
  • CD Audio books
  • Large print books

Lost/Damaged/Unreturned Items

A $5 non-refundable service charge is included in the cost of the material.

Materials owned by other Milwaukee County libraries may be paid for at the South Milwaukee Public Library, but refunds MUST be claimed at the owning library. Charges for damaged materials are assessed by the owning library.


Library Cards

It takes just a few minutes to get a libary card!

  • Complete an application.
  • Present identification sufficient to show your likeness, your legal name, and your current address.
  • Children 15 years and younger must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature.
  • Your library card will be issued immediately. It is valid at any public library in Milwaukee County.
  • A library card may only be used by the person to whom it is issued.
  • Report all changes of address, name, phone number, and e-mail address immediately.
  • There is a $1 replacement fee for lost cards.
  • There is a 25¢ charge for checking out materials WITHOUT your library card.

 


Renewals

South Milwaukee owned items which have been checked out for 3 weeks may be renewed twice if no reserves have been placed on the item. DVDs that have been checked out for 1 week may also be renewed twice if there are no holds on the item. Three day Lucky Day DVDs may not be renewed.




Library Card Eligibility, Registration and Type

Milwaukee County Federated Library System Library Card:


A Milwaukee County Federated Library System Library Card is available free of charge to any individual living in a Milwaukee County community that is a member of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. The library card may be used at any public library within the Milwaukee County Federated Library System and is valid for (2) two years.

Adults (Age 18 and older)
The applicant must show current photo ID with legal name and current address. If photo ID does not include the applicant’s current address, the applicant must provide an additional form of ID that includes both legal name and current address. The applicant will also provide a signature as acceptance of the “Responsibility of Cardholders” statement.

Teens (Age 16 & 17)
Patrons age 16 and 17 may get a library card on their own if they can provide proper identification as required by adults. If a teen does not have proper ID, they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can produce a valid Milwaukee County Federated Library System Library Card or proper identification as required for an adult library card. The person providing identification will also provide a signature as acceptance of the “Responsibility of Cardholders” statement.

Children (Age 3-15)
Children between the ages of 3 and 15 are eligible for their own card and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can provide a valid Milwaukee County Federated Library System Library Card or proper identification as required for an adult library card. The parent/guardian will also provide a signature as acceptance of the “Responsibility of Cardholders” statement.

Non-resident fee card – The annual fee for a nonresident fee card is $55.00. The annual fee may be waived under certain circumstances by the Library Director.

Business and daycare/school cards are available for free upon request and with proper documentation.

A library card may only be used by the patron to whom that card was issued or by a person picking up items reserved by another individual with the reserve patron’s card in hand. Persons picking up a reserve patron’s holds may only check out the holds on that card.

Responsibility of Cardholders
When a library card is issued, an electronic signature is captured which provides acceptance for responsibility. A signer agrees to the following statement:

“I agree to be responsible for the loss or damage to materials and overdue charges on materials borrowed with this library card. I agree to pay all overdue charges, damage and replacement costs promptly. I agree to obey all the rules and regulations of the South Milwaukee Public Library and any other Milwaukee County Federated Library System library that I use. I agree to provide immediate notice of change of street address, e-mail or telephone number. I agree to report loss of the library card immediately, and know that I am held responsible for all materials borrowed on the card up to the time it is reported lost to the library. All the information provided for this application is certified to be true, correct and current.”

Check out of library materials and use of library computers will be denied for:

  • Any patron owing fines and fees of $5.00 or more on their library card. In order to restore library services, charges must be paid in full.
  • An expired library card. This is no charge to renew a card, but patrons must verify that address, email and telephone number are correct.
  • Any library card with blocks or internal notes restricting full use. Issues must be resolved with staff in order to restore library privileges.

Confidentiality

The South Milwaukee Public Library complies with Wisconsin State Statute 43.30 “Public Library Records” to preserve the confidentiality of library patron records.

Administration and Interpretation of Policy

Responsibility for the administration and interpretation of this policy rests with the Library Director.

  • Walk-in use of the Fee card is restricted to the municipal library which sells the fee card, and to materials owned by that library. Within this ownership restriction, card holders may borrow any type of material.
  • Fee card patrons are blocked from placing Unassisted Patron Holds. Library staff must place holds for this patron type.
  • Staff-assisted holds may be placed ONLY on material owned by the municipal library which sells the Fee Card.
  • Member libraries may at their discretion offer a non-resident fee card to out-of-county library personnel with the understanding that these fee cards may only be used to check out materials from the member library where these staff members are employed.

Adults may not use a child’s card  to check out material. Adults MUST use their card to check out material, including children’s materials.

Library cards must be used to check out an item for a person who presents their own library card. Patrons may check out other patrons’ materials ONLY if the material is on hold and the patron presents the library card of the other patron. Anyone picking up material for another person (who has been given permission) will also have their library card record check for outstanding fines/overdue material. If either party has outstanding material/fine, the material will not be checked out.