An adult must complete and sign an application and present:
- A current valid ID with photo, name, and current address (driver’s license, Wisconsin state ID, etc.)
- An ID with photo and name and another piece of current identification which must include name and current address. Accepted forms of address are: personal check; current telephone, gas, electric or cable bill; or lease agreement. (Post office box numbers and general delivery are not accepted.)
A youth, age 15 or younger, must present a completed and signed application that includes the signature of a parent, stepparent, foster parent, or legal guardian. The guardian must also present identification as described above, and must be willing to accept full responsibility for fines and charges on that child’s card.
Anyone without a fixed address may use a letter certifying their local residency from the social service agency where he or she receives mail.
Organizations providing facilities and regular care for residents may apply for a caregiver/educator card. Stop by the La Crosse Public Library to pick up a caregiver/educator application.
Those who do not live in Wisconsin may purchase a La Crosse Public Library Card. Must present current, valid identification with photo, name, and address. Rates:
- $10 for one month
- $50 for six months
- $90 for one year
- Student Rate: $35 for one year
- Computer Use Only: free
Special Card Types
Short term cards are available for seasonal residents, visiting professionals, and people in transition.
For individuals who cannot provide proof of current address or property ownership within the state of Wisconsin, the library offers a short-term card with limited privileges. A short-term card is issued for three months and limits the number of items to be checked out to five. This card allows access to the Internet. Some form of identification is required, such as an out-of-state driver's license, a Social Security card, or a letter of support from a supporting agency.
Special note: due to cost and licensing issues, certain online resources may not be available to non-residents of the City of La Crosse.
Replacing Your Library Card
If a library card is lost or stolen, please report it to any La Crosse Public Library location immediately. A library cardholder is responsible for all materials, fines, and fees charged against their library card until its loss is reported to the La Crosse Public Library. To be issued a new card, you will need to either present a current valid ID with name or must be able to completely and correctly answer a series of questions to confirm identity.