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.
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.”
Replacement of library card
A fee of $1.00 will be charged to patrons to replace a lost card.
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.
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.
Fee Cards for Member Library Staff
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.
A $5 non-refundable service charge is included in the cost of the material.
Materials owned by other 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.
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 under the age of 15 must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature.
- You 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 was issued.
- Report all changes of address, name or phone number and e-mail addresses immediately.
- There is a $1 replacement fee for lost cards.
- There is a .25 charge for checking out materials WITHOUT your library card.
Loan Periods-3 day Rental “Lucky Day” DVDs
three day check out
Not renewable or reservable
Must be returned to the South Milwaukee Public Library otherwise the overdue charges continue
Overdue charges $ .50 per day. NO GRACE PERIOD
Loan Periods- 7 day Materials
- DVDs (limit 20)
- CD-ROMs (limit 5)
Loan Periods- 3 Week Materials
- Books and paperbacks
- Music Compact Discs (limit 20)
- CD Audio books
- Large print books
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 may be renewed only once. South Milwaukee owned items which have been checked out for 1 week may be renewed once.
How to Renew Materials?
You may renew items at the library (items must be brought to the library). Or you may log in to your library account at http://countycat.mcfls.org/ to renew online. You may call the automated services line at 414-277-0183 or sign up for text notices and renew through text..
The overdue charge is .10 a day. There is a 3 day grace period. Fines must be paid in order to use the Internet stations or to checkout materials. After the three day gace period, fines are calculated from the due date. Fines are charged for Sundays and holidays. Items returned BEFORE 9:00am will be considered returned the previous business day. Charges on materials owned by other libraries may vary. Paying with a credit card or debit card is now available ONLINE ONLY through the CountyCat website. Failure to pick up or cancel reserved items will result in a $1 charge to your account. Items returned with parts missing will incur charges of $1 per day until all parts are returned.