Access LINKcat (Online Library Catalog)
Browse and place holds on more than 800,000 titles through LINKcat, the library catalog shared throughout the South Central Library System. You can also check your due dates, renew items, and pay fines. If you have questions about using LINKcat, visit the LINKcat Help Topics page or call us at 608-838-9030 for assistance. Also, check out our Tips and Tricks video tutorials.
The LINKcat Mobile App is also available for Apple or Android devices. Search the catalog, place holds, and even use the app as your digital library card to check out items in person with your phone!
Apply for a Library Card
Anyone who lives in the South Central Library System service area can apply for a free library card valid at all 65 libraries in the system. If you already have a card from another member library, there is no need for a new card.
- Request an application form at the library or print at home: Library Card Application Form
- Bring the completed form to the main desk along with a photo ID and proof of current address if not updated on your ID.
- Acceptable proof of address: utility bill, car registration, bank statement, check, renter's agreement, closing documents, etc.
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign the registration form and present a photo ID and proof of address.
Lost/expired cards or forgotten PIN: Please call the library at 608-838-9030 or visit the main desk for assistance.
Address changes: Please bring in photo ID and proof of address if your ID has not been updated accordingly (see examples above).
Book Discussion Kits
Kits are available through interlibrary loan, courtesy of Madison Public Library. A number of titles are available, and books, author information and discussion questions are included.
Computers and Wireless Internet
Wireless internet access is available throughout the library and extends outside to our parking lot and Discover Garden Park. A limited number of public computers equipped with internet access and the Microsoft Office Suite are available. Sessions are limited to 1 hour. Public computers and wireless devices can print to our photocopier. See Copier/Printer/Fax section below or our Mobile Printing page for details.
A self-service photocopier/printer is available for public use. Copies may be made in black and white or in color. The available paper sizes are 8"x11" and 8.5" by 14". The photocopier can reduce, enlarge, and print double-sided copies, and it can scan to and print from a USB drive. Our public computers print to this photocopier and mobile devices can also print using our Mobile Printing service.
Black and white copies and printing is 10 cents/page. Color copies and printing is 50 cents/page. The photocopier accepts coins, $1/$5 bills, VISA/Mastercard, and Apple/Google/Samsung Pay.
Call 608-838-9030 to make arrangements.
Home Delivery Service
Home delivery of materials can be arranged through Dane County Library Service.
Notary services are also available in the McFarland Municipal Center on a drop-in basis (Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm M-F) and at the UPS store in Monona.
If you are looking for a book that you are unable to find in LINKcat, you may request that we borrow it from another library outside the South Central Library System (outerlibrary loan) or that we purchase it. Stop at the main desk or call us at 608-838-9030 to submit an outerlibrary loan request or fill out a Purchase Recommendation Form. PLEASE NOTE for outerlibrary loan requests:
- Your account must be in good standing with no outstanding charges.
- We cannot request items until 6 months after the publication date.
- Requests are limited to 4 per month and 20 per year.
Have a question or need librarian assistance? Call the library at 608-838-9030, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the circulation desk.
Reserve the Community Room
The community room may be available for reservations outside of library programming hours. Please review the policy and booking instructions below; then click here to reserve the community room.
Community Room Policy (pdf)
Reserve a Study Room
Two study rooms are available. Time limited to 1 hour if others are waiting. One room is available first come, first served and the other can be reserved in advance by calling the circulation desk at 608-838-9030.
Study Room Policy (pdf)
Suggest New Materials
Fill out our Purchase Recommendation Form if there's a title we don't have.