Library Cards at Wauwatosa Public Library
Eligibility for a Library Card: Milwaukee County Residents
As a member of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS), the Wauwatosa Public Library serves all eligible residents of Milwaukee County. Library cards are available in person at any MCFLS member library and are valid for 2 years. Out-of-county residents, please see “Out-of-County Residents” section.
Adults, who are 16-years-of-age and older, can bring a valid Wisconsin ID or Driver’s License with current Milwaukee County address or must show two forms of ID shown below (one from each column.)
Those 15 or under must have a parent or legal guardian register them to obtain a library card. The parent/guardian must provide their valid identification and proof of address and sign for the minor’s account indicating responsibility. The minor must be present to receive the library card at the time of registration. Applicants should be at least 3 years of age. If a minor is 16 or 17, they may still register with their legal parent or guardian’s signature and identification.
A library card is not required for out-of-county residents to be in the library, access the WiFi, or use a public computer. Residents of counties whose library systems have reciprocal borrowing agreements may get a library card. For out-of-county residents without reciprocal borrowing who would like to checkout materials the following options are available:
Access cards are available to out-of-county residents who:
- Attend or teach at a school within Wauwatosa
- Own a business in Wauwatosa
- Work for the City of Wauwatosa
- Facilitate for centers within Wauwatosa that are a daycare center or a nursing home
This card allows the holder to check out circulating materials owned just by the Wauwatosa Public Library and the ability to login and use the library’s computers. This card is not valid at any other MCFLS location. To obtain this card a valid photo ID and proof of attendance, ownership, or employment must be present at the time of registration. This card is valid for 1 year and expires 1 year from the date of issue.
A fee card allows non-county residents who pay a fee of $25.00 annually to use the library. This card allows the holder to check out circulating materials owned just by the Wauwatosa Public Library and the ability to login and use the library’s computer. This card is not valid at any other MCFLS location. To obtain this card a valid photo ID and proof of address must be present at the time of registration. This card is valid for 1 year and expires 1 year from the date of issue.
Renewing Library Cards
Milwaukee County library cards expire every 2 years and may be renewed at any MCFLS location with valid identification.
Access cards expire every year and may be renewed at the Wauwatosa Public Library with proof of attendance, ownership or employment and a current photo ID.
Fee Cards expire every year and may be renewed at the Wauwatosa Public Library with current photo ID, proof of address and payment of the annual fee.
Use this link to renew your Library card online.
Library Card Usage
A library card, e-library card or valid photo ID is required each time materials are checked out.
When signing up for a library card each responsible party agrees to be liable for loss or damage of library materials and all overdue charges.
The cardholder agrees to follow the rules and regulations of the Wauwatosa Public Library and any other MCFLS member libraries.
Overdue and Reminder Notices
As a courtesy, MCFLS member libraries send out overdue and reminder notices when an e-mail is provided on an account. Failure to receive a notice does not remove the cardholder’s responsibility for any overdue materials or fines.
- 3 Days before Items are due – email reminder
- 14 Days after an Item is overdue – email reminder
- 28 Days after an Item is overdue – print notification mailed and replacement charge applied to account.
A courtesy reminder is also emailed to patrons the same month their library card will expire.
Change of Contact Information
It is the cardholder’s responsibility to let the library know when their name, mailing address, telephone number or email address change. If a library notice is not received because contact information is not updated, the cardholder is still responsible for any resulting fines or bills.
Lost or Stolen Cards
It is the cardholder’s responsibility to report lost or stolen library cards. All items checked out prior to the date the card is reported lost or stolen are the responsibility of the cardholder.
Parental Responsibility for Minor’s Library Account
Items checked out on a minor’s card are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Parents or guardians agree to follow the rules and regulations of the library, to promptly pay all fines and charges associated with their minor’s card and report any change of contact information.
The library does not restrict access to any material by age and leave the responsibility for minor’s use of its material to parents or legal guardians. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor the minor’s use of the library and its materials.
A parent or guardian who wishes to end borrowing privileges for the minor must notify the Wauwatosa Public Library so that the registration record can be removed. Destruction of a library card does not remove a registration record. Wisconsin state law governs the information about a minor’s library records that may be given to a parent or legal guardian.