Get a Library Card

Who is eligible for a library card?

Columbus Public Library card

Library cards are free and available for all ages!

  • Residents of any county in the South Central Library System: Columbia, Dane, Green, Sauk, Adams, Wood and Portage counties. If you already have a card from a South Central Library you can use it to borrow materials at Columbus Public Library! 

  • If you have a Columbus address but live in Dodge County you must first apply for a library card in the Monarch Library System such as the Beaver Dam Library. We can then add South Central Library System barcode to your Monarch card.


Registering for a Columbus Public Library Card

1. Provide photo ID and proof of current address at the circulation desk

  • Photo IDs include a driver's license, state ID or passport

  • Proof of address can be your ID with your current address, recent mail or your checkbook.

2. Fill out and sign our library card application form

  • Parents must sign for children under the age of 18

3. Enjoy your library card! Once you have your card, you'll be able to:

  • Check out books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and more! You can check out up to:
    • 50 Books
    • 10 DVDs
    • 10 CDs
    • 10 Magazines
    • 5 Books on CD
    • 3 Games

  • Use library databases, view our online resources here

  • Use the LINKcat catalog to search for library materials and request holds

  • Use the Libby app to access audiobooks and eBooks