The Madison Public Library serves the city of Madison, Wisconsin with nine locations. It is part of a larger cooperative network called the South Central Library System and spans 52 public libraries in a seven county area. In 2010, the nine branches circulated 4.8 library books and media at an average of 20 checkouts for every Madison resident.
What are services offered by the Madison Public Library?
The Madison Public Library offers computer and internet access at its branches but unlike larger library systems, have fewer capabilities as some computers may lack internet access. Somewhat uniquely though, the Madison Public Library’s Alicia Ashman branch has a public Ellison Die machine for cutting out paper shapes. This requires a reservation in advance. The MPL system also rents energy meters, engravers and audiovisual equipment. There is a home service program for individuals that live within city limits, have a constant need for it and are physically unable to go to the library.
How do I get a library card?
Any resident that lives within the counties covered by the South Central Library System, you may apply for a card from the Madison Public Library if you do not have a card from your local library. You must present ID and proof of address when applying for a card and there is a fee of $1 to replace a lost or stolen card. Residents of Wisconsin may borrow from the Madison Public Library if they present their local card and identification with proof of address.