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 Counties in the South Central Library System: 

Residents of 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! 

Dodge County & Other Residents Outside SCLS*:

Wisconsin residents who live outside of the South Central Library System (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, and Wood Counties) may get a Columbus Library card at no cost. This card enables you to check out books, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, magazines, and other physical materials held by the libraries in the South Central Library System. You may also request items through Outerlibrary Loan. This card grants remote access to our online databases. 

*This card does not grant access to eBooks and other digital materials through Wisconsin’s Digital Library, including Libby. This is a policy of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, and is not a decision made at the local level.  We recommend visiting a library in your county of residence to obtain a card that will allow you to borrow materials from this resource.   

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